Both internationally and in Australia, evidence emphasises the advantages of school autonomy as part of a comprehensive strategy for school improvement.
In Australia, schools in all states and territories have been moving towards more autonomous and independent models to improve education outcomes.
The Australian Government also recognises that giving schools and school leaders greater autonomy can help improve student results.
Great schools have leaders and teachers who have the independence to make the decisions and develop the courses that best meets the needs of their students.
The Australian Government is supporting school autonomy with its $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative. The initiative aims to give selected government schools more control of local decision making and to help encourage stronger links between schools, parents and the local community.
To help parents get involved in their school community a useful Guide for Parents on School Boards and School Councils is available that helps explain some of the ways to get involved in their child’s school and the different school systems in their state or territory.