Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education - WA Community Forums

An Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education was announced on 2 March 2017 by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Emeritus Professor John Halsey has been commissioned to conduct the review to examine the challenges faced by regional, rural and remote students regarding their learning outcomes. The review will identify and provide recommendations on innovative and evidence-based approaches to help these students succeed in school and in their transition to further study and employment.

The review is being conducted in consultation with key stakeholders including representatives from the education community, families, employer groups and the philanthropic sector. Interested parties are encouraged to make an online submission and/or participate in local community forums.


The online submission process will close at 5pm AEST Tuesday 29 August 2017.


Professor Halsey will be conducting four community forums in Western Australia:

  • Northam on Tuesday 22 August from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm [Muresk Institute - 1 Muresk Rd, Northam WA 6401] RSVP right up until the event.
  • Kalgoorlie on Wednesday 23 August from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm [Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia - 3/58 Egan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430]
  • Bunbury on Thursday 24 August from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm [Department of Human Services - 7 Wellington St, Bunbury WA 6230]
  • Albany on Friday 25 August from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. [Master Builders WA Albany - 30 Graham St, Albany WA 6331] - RSVP by COB 22 August.

Professor Halsey is seeking to meet with key stakeholder groups in each of these locations that have experience and/or a role in influencing policies and outcomes for regional, rural and remote students. The forums will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by these students, but more importantly, policies or initiatives that are having, or could have a positive impact on these students and communities.


Professor Halsey has released a discussion paper based on nine themes:

  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Teachers and teaching
  • Leaders and leadership
  • School and community
  • Information and communication technology
  • Entrepreneurship and schools
  • Improving access – enrolments, clusters, distance education and boarding
  • Diversity
  • Transitioning beyond school

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to IRRRRESecretariat@education.gov.au.


If you have any questions please email the Secretariat at IRRRRESecretariat@education.gov.au.


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

RDA Great Southern is delighted with the BBRF Infrastructure Projects Stream announcement by Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development. $219.5 million will be invested in 110 projects across rural, regional and remote Australia, worth a total of $467.9 million.


Congratulations to the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup and the other eight LGA's for their successful application of $10,000,000 to develop the Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI). This project will address the shortage of quality, affordable housing across the Great Southern region.  The GSHI will deliver a total of 79 housing units, comprising 43 units for independent seniors and 36 units for regional employees.  The housing units with be built across the nine Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling. This project is an excellent example how a genuine need within a region can be significantly addressed through multiple funding partners and a collaborative approach.


The BBRF program supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future. There are two Streams of funding available under the program, the Infrastructure Projects Stream and the Community Investments Stream. It is hoped that the Community Investments Stream will be announced in the very near future.


The complete list of successful applicants that have been offered funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream can be viewed Here.


Read more information about the BBRF at the RDA Great Southern Grants and Funding page.


Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of WA report launched

The Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia project was an initiative developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) and Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA Inc (RDA).


The main purpose of the project was to develop an understanding of the current and future capacity of the region's food production and processing capabilities. The information was gathered through a survey and interviews with farmers and food processors. You can find out more information and download the report Here.


Albany Education Hub concept under discussion

Representatives from key organisations in the great southern region have joined together to discuss the future of further education in Albany.

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RDA Great Southern E-News - May 2017

Please read our May 2017 edition.  To subscribe please contact admin@rdagreatsouthern.com.au

WA RDA Network News

Read about how individual Western Australian RDA Committees are tailoring initiatives to target regional significant issues and leverage opportunities in the 6th Edition of the RDA Network News.


The latest Edition’s topics include:

  • RDA Goldfield-Esperance helping to build community
  • The Great Southern Mapping Food Production and Processing project
  • RDA Kimberley's development of the new Royal Flying Doctor Service facility
  • The Ningaloo Centre in Mid West Gascoyne
  • Telecommunications in the NT
  • Peel valuing leadership
  • Growing and diversifying the economy of the Perth region
  • Mid and North Western Australia Investment Portfolio
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