In 2005, Education Queensland released its ‘Inclusive Education Statement‘, encouraging schools to be supportive and engaging for all students, creating learning environments that celebrate and respond to diversity, and building respectful relationships between learners, teachers and caregivers.
Additional Education Queensland Inclusive Education policies can be found on this website, which covers students with diverse learning needs, gifted and talented students, students with disabilities, students with English as an additional language or dialect, Religious diversity, supporting students with specialised health needs and pregnant and parenting students.
Education Adjustments is an Education Queensland website that outlines what education adjustments are as well as how they can be implemented. It contains links to more specialised information about specific conditions that may require adjustments for students, as well as resources that can be used as a guide for planning and implementing adjustments.
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The Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke, launched the ‘Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students’ at the Australian International Education Conference on 4 October 2012. The Principles aim to enhance the safety and well-being of international students in Australia. The Race Discrimination Commissioner encourages all those working with international students to consider how these can be effectively adopted and implemented in the ongoing development of policies and services relating to international students.
Broadly, the Principles can be used:
- as a guide for all organisations and government agencies that provide services to international students
- to inform the ongoing development of policies and services relating to international students, and
- to provide international students and their representative bodies with a guide on how their human rights can be better promoted and protected, to support their advocacy with governments, service providers and other agencies.
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In 2012, The Australian Human Rights Commission published ‘Know your rights: Racial discrimination and vilification’, which is available to view and download from their website.
The document outlines what constitutes racial discrimination, both direct and indirect, as well as how individuals are protected by the Racial Discrimination Act.
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In 2012, The Australian Human Rights Commission published ‘Know your rights: Disability discrimination’, which is available to view and download from their website.
The document outlines what constitutes disability discrimination, both direct and indirect, as well as how individuals are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act.
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Intercultural understanding is one of the General Capabilities developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
In the Australian Curriculum, students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. They come to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the variable and changing nature of culture. The capability involves students in learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.
Intercultural understanding is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the twenty-first century. It assists young people to become responsible local and global citizens, equipped through their education for living and working together in an interconnected world.
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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Education Agreement (NEA) articulates the commitment of Australian governments to ensure that all Australian school students acquire the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in society and employment in a globalised economy.
The agreement was designed to help in achieving the following outcomes:
- all children are engaged in, and benefiting from, schooling
- young people are meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and overall levels of literacy and numeracy achievement are improving
- Australian students excel by international standards
- schooling promotes social inclusion and reduces the education disadvantage of children, especially Indigenous children
- young people make a successful transition from school to work and further study.