Review of Education Regulation

About the Review

The Teachers Registration Board Tasmania (TRB), the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC), the Registrar Education (The Registrar), and the Non-Government Schools Registration Board (NGSRB) regulate and drive quality in the Tasmanian education system.

These entities provide services for all education sectors. They support government schools, independent schools, Catholic schools and Vocational Education and Training.

As part of the 2019-20 State Budget, the Government committed to a review of the regulatory framework supporting these entities. This was supported by all education sectors.

The regulation administered by these entities can affect:

  • the quality of teaching that learners experience
  • how learning is assessed and recognised
  • the quality and safety of their learning environments; and
  • the extent to which students are participating and engaged in learning pathways.

The review will seek to achieve the following outcomes:

  • a modern governance framework that allows an agile approach to delivering critical functions
  • a sustainable, transparent, and more efficient funding model
  • a model that drives the adoption of better practice regulation focused on delivering educational outcomes for learners
  • a model which ensures the provision of independent advice to the Minister.

Governance

Steering Committee

The Minister established a cross-sectoral steering committee chaired by Mr Tony Luttrell, with representatives from each of the government, independent and Catholic school sectors, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Steering Committee comprises:

  • Mr Tony Luttrell (Chair)
  • Dr Gerard Gaskin – Executive Director Catholic Education Tasmania
  • Mr Tony Crehan – Executive Director Independent Schools Tasmania
  • Mr Tim Bullard – Secretary, Department of Education
  • Mr James Craigie – Deputy Secretary Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Ms Sue Kennedy – Director Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Terms of Reference

For more information refer to the Terms of Reference.

Reports

The Minister for Education and Training, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, has released the Review of Education Regulation Steering Committee Report

The Steering Committee has also published a What We Heard Report which summarises feedback received during the consultation period. 

A Fact Sheet and summary of the recommendations have also been published. 

Prior public consultation on a Discussion Paper commenced on 25 August 2020 and concluded on 4 October 2020.

Public Submissions

In accordance with the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website once consideration of submissions has concluded. No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

Important Information to Note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Submissions Received

In addition to the submissions below, four confidential submissions were received.

Submission 01 – Office of TASCSubmission 02 ­– TorokSubmission 03 – Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents CouncilSubmission 04 – Australian Education Union Tasmania
Submission 05 – FrostSubmission 06 – OER Registration OfficersSubmission 07 – IEU VIC TASSubmission 08 – Teachers Registration Board
Submission 09 – Non Government Schools Registration BoardSubmission 10 – WellsSubmission 11 – FileSubmission 12 – Australian Literacy Educators Association
Submission 13 – Tasmanian Home Education Advisory CouncilSubmission 14 – Commissioner for Children and Young PeopleSubmission 15 – Independent Schools TasmaniaSubmission 16 – Tasmanian Association for the Gifted
Submission 17 – RowanSubmission 17 – Rowan Attachment

Additional resources

Review of Education Regulation – Fact Sheet

Office of Education Registrar – Fact Sheet

Non-Government Schools Registration Board – Fact Sheet

Office of the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification – Fact Sheet

Teachers Registration Board Tasmania – Fact Sheet

Further information

Ms Alice Blake

Principal Policy Analyst

Email: legislation@education.tas.gov.au 

Phone: (03) 6165 6419