The Melbourne Declaration has now been replaced by the Alice Springs (Mparntwe)
Education Declaration, December 2019. This document has been what we have all been
waiting for. The purpose of the document is to set the vision of education in Australia and
the shared commitment to improve educational outcomes for young Australians. It is great
that many voices were heard in creating the vision:
"Our vision is for a world class education system that encourages and supports every
student to be the very best they can be, no matter where they live or what kind of learning
challenges they may face”.
The declaration has two distinct but interconnected goals:
This document highlights the importance of developing stronger partnerships. Parents,
carers and families are the first and most important educational influence in a child’s life.
Parents have a critical role in early development, including social, emotional, intellectual,
spiritual and physical wellbeing. They instil attitudes and values that support young people
to access and participate in education and training, and contribute to local and global
communities. We thank you for the way our SJV parents work in partnership with us to
provide the best learning and wellbeing outcomes for our students.