Release type: Media Release


Australians to have their say on teacher education


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Australians will be able to have their say on putting students first and creating excellence in teacher education with a public consultation process beginning today.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne said lifting the quality, professionalism and status of the teaching profession is at the heart of the Government’s Students First policy.

“This Government knows there is nothing more important to a child’s education than having great teachers,” Mr Pyne said.

“That’s why teacher quality is one of the four pillars of our Students First policy and the reason for establishing this expert Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group.”

The public consultation process will include meetings with representatives from a range of education bodies including teacher employers, the Australian Council of Deans of Education, Universities Australia and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

The Advisory Group will seek submissions from interested parties in response to the Issues Paper.

The Advisory Group will also conduct a benchmark study of world’s best practice in teacher education programmes.

“Strengthening the curriculum also forms part of our Students First policy, but just as important as having a robust curriculum is having teachers who can deliver it effectively.”

“These consultations will help the advisory group put together strong, evidence-based recommendations for improving teacher education.

“This is part of our commitment to creating a world-class education system that puts students first and helps young Australians achieve educational excellence and great jobs.

“I encourage people to contribute to the public consultation process.”

“All submissions will help inform the next steps the Government takes to ensure teacher education programmes better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom.”

Submissions will be accepted from Thursday 17 April 2014 until 5:30pm (AEST) on Friday 13 June 2014.

Any interested party is eligible to make a submission, as an individual or on behalf of an organisation (where authorised to do so).

Under the Students First approach, the Australian Government will work with the states and territories to focus on four key areas that will make a difference to students:

  • teacher quality
  • school autonomy
  • engaging parents in education
  • strengthening the curriculum

To find out more, and to read the Issues Paper, go to