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Review of the Tasmanian Education Act

The Education Act (the Act) regulates education in the Government, Catholic and Independent education sectors, as well as home education.   It has provided the foundation for education in Tasmania since 1994, and while it has served its purpose until this time, it is important that as a community we review the Act to ensure that it provides the best framework for Tasmania’s education system today and into the future.

We need a legislative framework that is contemporary and cohesive, and supports our education system to provide the best possible outcome for all learners.

It is important that all school communities, industry stakeholders, interested individuals and other groups are consulted and have the opportunity to provide feedback and advice on any review.

This Discussion Paper sets out a number of themes and possible options for reform.

These have been chosen because they align with areas where it is becoming increasingly important to ensure modern and innovative delivery models and strategies are implemented, to reflect contemporary society and educational practice.  Tasmanian legislation needs to be responsive to current and future issues affecting school education.

Opportunities to submit your feedback and comments will close on 31 December 2014, and all submissions will be made publicly available on this web page.  If you do not wish for your submission to be made publicly available, please advise of this in your submission.

Please email your responses directly to or you can post responses to Education Act Review, Level 1, 73 Murray Street, Hobart TAS 7000.

A copy of the Act can be found at

All feedback will be taken into account, and following consideration by the Government will inform the development of an exposure draft of the Bill for the new Act.  This draft will then be made publicly available for further feedback and comment.