Education, Skills & Technology

Principles of Education

  • Education in Tasmania must nurture personal growth, wellbeing, fulfilment, innovation, creativity, skills and values that sustain democratic life and contribute to a productive, healthy and happy social democracy. Tasmania’s future prosperity depends on a thriving education system producing a highly trained, skilled and creative workforce serving the needs of industry and the wider community.
  • Labor believes that quality education is the keystone of a civil, peaceful, supportive and democratic society. Quality education is an investment in the productive capacity of the nation.
  • Labor believes education is a defining part of an individual’s growth and self-development. It is the way individuals gain knowledge and skills. The education journey begins at birth and continues for life.
  • Labor believes that affordable, accessible and quality education is a basic human right.
  • Labor will promote the value of education and a shared sense of responsibility for education among students, the profession, parents and the wider community.
  • Labor will develop a skilled and creative workforce that serves the needs of industry and the wider community.
  • Labor will comply with the Federal Government’s Gonski Review of Educational Funding recommendations to build an education system which provides young people with a standard of education that allows both the state and the nation to have a competitive level of productive capacity.
  • Labor will ensure that school reporting is concise and transparent.
  • Labor will encourage community use of school facilities to develop social and learning networks.
  • Labor will strive for equity in access to learning opportunities available through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
  • Labor will invest in the National Broadband Network to enhance educational opportunities for all Tasmanians.
  • Labor will fund a robust and properly resourced public education system which is accessible to all Tasmanians.
  • Labor will ensure that public schools provide a benchmark for delivering quality education.
  • Labor will promote public school governing bodies and parent organisations enabling parents/guardians active involvement in education, the local school and their community.
  • Labor believes that education is a defining part of an individual’s growth and self-development. It is the way individuals gain knowledge and skills. The education journey begins at birth and continues for life.
  • Promote respectful relationships through building the capacity for prevention education, ensuring all children participate in respectful relationships education and supporting effective parenting;

Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Labor will provide integrated and affordable early childhood education that gives every child the best possible start to life.
  • Labor will support the goals, intent and implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency ECEC services.
  • Labor will continue to locate early childhood services in each region, integrated with other community services, such as Pre-school and Community Centres. This will be done through the continued support and development of Child and Family Centres (CFCs) in conjunction with local communities.
  • Labor will encourage all employers to provide early childhood education and facilities, including the State Service, either individually or in co-operation with other employers.
  • Labor will investigate night care facilities needs for shift workers and other people.
  • Labor will provide home based and non-home based respite care for those in special need.
  • Labor will adequately fund early intervention services to ensure dedicated and effective education resources for young children with disabilities
  • Labor will ensure and encourage the development of a balanced and challenging curriculum
  • Labor will ensure that all Tasmanian students access effective, stimulating and attractive educational facilities and environments.
  • Labor will develop flexible education programs to meet the diverse needs of all students, particularly those living with special or additional needs.
  • Labor will ensure physical education and sport will be maintained as a fundamental activity in schools and within the community as a whole, paying special attention to the needs of children living with disabilities.
  • Labor will ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop sound literacy and numeracy skills and effectively use ICTs.
  • Labor will emphasise the social, non-competitive aspects of sport and physical activity through new sport, modified sports and non-traditional activities with a view to educating children in sound practices designed to ensure life-long maintenance of an optimum standard of health.
  • Labor will develop links between schools, school systems and all media (including social media) to ensure that achievements of students and new developments are equitably and effectively publicized.
  • Labor will pay particular attention to the Arts as mediums of creating self-awareness and fostering talents in art, music and drama.
  • Labor will facilitate the increase of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) education in Tasmanian schools to ready students for the globalized world.
  • Labor will ensure compulsory school curriculums include Industrial Relations, Civics, and Citizenship Education so that young people better understand the functionality of our democracy and are better empowered about their workplace and industrial rights.
  • Labor will mandate the introduction and teaching of a comprehensive sexual and personal health curriculum, which does so on an age appropriate and gender/sexuality neutral basis, and does not allow for abstinence-only sexual health education.

Post Compulsory Schooling and Vocational Education and Training

  • Labor will provide clear pathways for academic, technical and work skill development.
  • Labor will support initiatives that enable Tasmanian workers to upgrade and extend their work skills through apprenticeships and training.
  • Labor will provide ongoing and affordable adult learning opportunities for all.
  • Labor will fund the provision of training for teachers, particularly teachers involved in careers education, to assist them to develop structures to encourage young people to:
    • be aware of the importance of optional subject choices to career options.
    • continue their education beyond post compulsory schooling.
    • consider careers in all fields regardless of gender.
  • Labor will provide incentives for government departments, statutory authorities and Local Government to take on more trainees under the Australian Vocational Certificate Training System.
  • Labor will seek to promote life-long learning through adult education, and new point and assess the needs of women with the purpose of removing barriers to their participation in Adult Education.

Affordable, accessible and quality education

  • Labor believes that affordable, accessible and quality education is a basic human right.
  • Labor will ensure that all forms of education and training are accessible to all Tasmanians.
  • Labor will develop specific initiatives to improve access to and engagement in all forms of education and training for disadvantaged learners. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, women, people with a disability, and people living in rural and remote areas.
  • Labor will seek to lift the learning outcomes of Aboriginal children.
  • Labor will provide equitable allocation of funds and facilities for disadvantaged learners.
  • Labor will not disadvantage Tasmanian children by ensuring the eligibility for the severe disability register is in line with other states, therefor the IQ cut off should be set at 75.
  • Labor will ensure that public schools help build mutual understanding between people of different ethnic, religious, vocational and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Labor will provide specialised support for all Tasmanian schools.
  • In conjunction with the Youth Advisory Council, Labor will facilitate the development of Community Youth Plans.
  • Labor will investigate mechanisms to facilitate access and equity of youth services for all young people.
  • Labor supports appropriate alternative education and training for “at risk” youth.
  • Labor will develop appropriately sensitive physical education and sporting program curricular to meet the cultural and physical requirements of all women to encourage participation.
  • Labor will encourage and assist the development of tertiary women’s study programs and research focusing on women’s needs and contributions.
  • Labor will encourage and assist tertiary institutions to implement policies to rectify the under representation of Aboriginal people and women in senior teaching and research positions.
  • Labor will fund vocational education and training courses for disadvantaged groups seeking to enter or reenter the paid workforce.
  • Labor will develop systems to better recognise the existing qualifications of migrants and refugees.
  • Tasmanian Labor recognises that education is a right, not a privilege and tertiary education is an investment in Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Labor calls on Federal Labor to properly resource tertiary education funding at the levels in previous budget forward estimates
  • Tasmanian Labor confirms its support for low socio economic status, rural and regional students and calls on the Federal Government to provide appropriate support for these students, endeavoring to reduce student debt.
  • Tasmanian Labor supports the continuation of student services amenities fee.

Quality Teachers and Educators

  • Labor will ensure that teacher training in Tasmania draws on current educational theory and practice as well as the experience and expertise of the teaching profession.
  • Labor will deliver appropriate resourcing to provide for a highly qualified, productive and well remunerated teacher and educator workforce.