National Partnership Agreement On Youth Attainment And Transitions
In April 2010, the SCR asked the steering committee to verify the provision of public services in order to gather information on the performance of the agreement. Today, all governments also agreed on the importance of extending Australian hospitality to international students and agreed, as part of a national strategy for international students, to promote a greater degree of interaction between international students and local communities. For more information on this partnership and its implementation in 2011, see Part 2.2: National Initiatives and Achievements – Supporting Quality Education and School Management. For more information, visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Smarter Schools National Partnerships website. As part of the integrated strategy, the Commonwealth is allocating an additional US$46.4 million over four years to fund the work of national data agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to improve the database and fill data gaps. As part of the National Partnership of the Low Socio-economic Status School Communities (2008-09-2014-2014-15), participating schools are working with their local communities and education authorities to identify the best reform measures that will achieve the best educational outcomes for their disadvantaged students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait students, non-English students and students with disabilities. The $1.5 billion Commonwealth funds will be made available to states and territories over a seven-year period, supplemented by government and government co-investments. During the duration of this national partnership, approximately 1,700 schools for communities with low socio-economic status deserve support. This national partnership supports student engagement and participation through comprehensive school strategies, as well as targeted interventions for select cohorts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The focus has been on establishing external partnerships with parents and organizations to support student learning and well-being. COAG has approved a series of reforms recommended by the Working Group on Business Organization and Competition (BRCWG) to continue progress in regulatory reform. To this end, COAG has signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to support the introduction of an Australian National Consumer Protection Act based on existing consumer protection provisions and new product safety and control rules, as well as another IGA covering the registration of domestic business names, which will reduce the cost of registering a business. This partnership received funding of US$708 million over the life of the agreement, including up to $100 million in bonuses to be made available to the courts to achieve agreed participation and enforcement objectives.