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CEET 8 th Annual National Conference 29 October 2004 Ascot House Melbourne The current priorities: following the money trail Gerald Burke CEET www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/ceet. Background Australia. Fast growing high income economy Exposed to global forces

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CEET 8th Annual National Conference

29 October 2004

Ascot House Melbourne

The current priorities:

following the money trail

Gerald Burke

CEET

www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/ceet

background australia
Background Australia
  • Fast growing high income economy
  • Exposed to global forces
  • A less equal society than northern Europe
  • High rate of immigration and of int’l students
  • Ageing – but more slowly than most rich countries
education system
Education system
  • Growing private funding
  • High average rates of participation
  • High average quality
  • Good lifelong pathways for most people
  • Provision for less advantaged needs to improve
  • Trying to align education, training and economy
government objectives
Government objectives
  • Education and training responsive to the economy
  • Encouraging achievement of disadvantaged
  • Encouraging older persons to stay at work
  • Making the education system more efficient
  • Increasing choice in education and training
  • Achieving these while containing public expenditure
  • Means some reallocation of public monies and changed organisation
which priorities are being pursued
Which priorities are being pursued
  • One way of seeing the relative importance given to a policy or an area of education is to look at the money spent on it
some good outcomes some problems
Some good outcomes, some problems
  • Reallocation of public and increased private
  • More choice
  • Maybe more efficiency – concerns for quality
  • Needs of the economy – criticism and some shortages
  • Equity
    • little change in low income groups in universities
    • proportion of young people ‘at risk’ not much changed
    • expansion of private schools and the effects
    • initiatives for disadvantaged - but not a big share of funds
    • example of Indigenous people and social cohesion