The Australian College of Educators (ACE) is committed to representing the interests of educators across the whole range of education in the broader policy debate.
The Australian College of Educators (ACE) is a unique organisation in that it represents educators involved in the whole range of education: Early Childhood, School, University and Technical and Further Education. It brings together educators from the Government, Independent and Catholic sectors. It promotes professional standards of the highest order and seeks to ensure that all students achieve to the best of their ability, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
Policy has a central role in this context. Influencing the Australian education policy agenda and contributing to important national and international discussions in this policy space is one of the most important aspects of ACE work.
The College ensures input and engagement on current policy debates and emerging issues by identifying key issues in education and setting in motion an appropriate program of work in respect to those issues as well as overseeing the development of policy submissions, positions, and publications.
The Australian College of Educators has been working with a number of other education based organisations to advocate for a review and refresh of our national education goals as articulated, nearly ten years ago, in the Melbourne Declaration.
The goals, as stated in the declaration are:
Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence
Goal 2: All young Australians become – successful learners; confident and creative individuals; and active and informed citizens
Over the course of the last twelve months, the College has been working in conjunction with leading educators to convince federal and state Education Ministers and Director-Generals that achieving these goals remains ‘unfinished business’ for the teaching profession and for government.
In December, the COAG Education Council Members agreed that a review into the national declaration commence in 2019.