What does Social Justice Mean for Education in Rural Australia

  • Ann Morrow Ministry of Education, Victoria


I would like to review some of the major initiatives currently being undertaken across education, i.e. from primary schools to higher education, and including lifelong education and training. I will attempt to show how the needs of rural Australia are being considered in these developments. Also, I will touch on what I believe is still problematic in our approaches. Underpinning this is my own personal belief that social justice issues need to be foremost in our minds whenever we are making changes within education. Each new development carries with it the potential to reduce or exacerbate inequity or problems of access. I think we are getting better at identifying the likely impact of changes but that doesn't mean to say that we yet have it right.