The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians


All Curriculum in Australia is underpinned by the Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Australians, which
was developed in partnership with each of the Education Ministers in all the other Australian jurisdictions, along with representatives of the Catholic and independent school sectors. It sets two broad educational goals for young people:
Goal 1:
Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence

Goal 2:
All young Australians become:
  • Successful learners
  • Confident and creative individuals
  • Active and informed citizens.


After familiarising yourself with the key ideas and themes of this important document please respond to the following prompts:

Reflective prompts
  • What does equity and excellence look, sound and feel like in your classroom? (What kinds of behaviours would we expect to see, what kinds of conversations would we expect to overhear?)
  • When students in your classes have been most successful what were the key enablers?
  • What kinds of practices would help your students become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens?
  • Choose one key idea to consider in more depth, e.g. confidence. How could you foster and build confidence in your students?


The Melbourne Declaration is a must-read-document for all teachers returning to practice and is a central focus of the DEECD Corporate Plan for 2009-2011 (due to be updated in 2012). In this plan the DEECD sets out its Blueprint for Education, which highlights DEECD’s vision and mission for young Victorians.

The DEECD Vision:
Every young Victorian thrives, learns and grows to enjoy a productive, rewarding and fulfilling life, while contributing to their local and global communities.

DEECD Mission:
Ensure a high-quality and coherent birth-to-adulthood learning and development system to build the capability of every young Victorian.

Reflective prompts
  • The idea of students 'thriving' at school and in your classroom is a powerful one. What three conditions would be necessary for students to thrive with you? Unpack and analyse each of these conditions and how you would foster them in your classroom.