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The Future of Australian Education

Educators Shaping Public Discourse and Policy Direction
Friday 22nd March 2019       

The Peninsula Room, The National Museum of Australia, Canberra

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Symposium’s Purpose: 

To bring together the community of Australian educational leadership organisations and other key stakeholders to establish a common voice in response to the proposition that it is time for Australia’s educational leaders to be more active in shaping public discussion and influencing policy directions and settings.

Topics for Exploring:

  1. The impact of the standardised education regime on schools and school systems.

  2. A more futures-focussed education agenda.

  3. A unified professional voice: one that seeks to reclaim our role in the shaping of educational policy and influencing public debate.

To Prepare for this Symposium:

Delegates are asked to be familiar with the ASPA monograph - Beyond Certainty: A Process for Thinking About Futures for Australian Education – authored by Professor Alan Reid AM and available for free download.


Kerry O’Brien

Prominent Australian journalist and author

Professor Alan Reid AM

Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of South Australia

Professor Carmen Lawrence

Senior Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychological Services, The University of Western Australia.

The Commitment

We understand that the people of Australia want children, adolescents and young adults to experience a world class education. As educational leaders we fully support this goal and, as a profession, we want nothing less.


We believe that, as professionals within this education sector, we are the people who understand best what it means to be a ‘world-class learner’ and what that looks like throughout 13 years of learning at school.

We commit, as educational leaders, to exercising our professional wisdom so as to be recognised within the political process and to shape public debate. This implementation should further contribute to a clear, coherent and compelling narrative for world-class education in Australia.

We stand together in our profession and are determined to inform the future direction of Australian education.


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The organisers of this symposium would like to thank our event sponsors
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