There are vast differences between the educational and health outcomes for people within regional Australia.
In general, more densely populated Regional Cities and Connected Lifestyle Regions close to major cities are more competitive. Smaller and more remote Industry and Service Hubs and the Heartlands are less competitive.
Encouragingly there appears to be a level of consistency in early childhood outcomes in regional Australia. [In]Sight suggests that the core education challenge lies in building more consistent levels of attainment during school years.
OUR GREATEST COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE – ACHIEVING EQUITY IN EDUCATION
A basic education is the key to success in Australia’s economy for individuals and regions alike. Achieving more equitable education outcomes across regional Australia is our nation’s greatest challenge in realising the potential of regional Australia.
[In]Sight reveals a very mixed scorecard. Some of Australia’s smallest Heartland regions are achieving very strong education outcomes. But too many places struggle to achieve the basic education levels every place needs to compete in today’s economy.
Can Australia lift education performance in lower performing regions and deliver a consistent, equitable basic education to all Australians? This is not just the right thing to do, it is central to the future of our economy