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The Coalition Government has launched a comprehensive review to boost outcomes for regional, rural and remote students not just at school, but also as they go on to further study, training and employment.

The review will hear stories and feedback about regional and rural education from across the country and Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says he hopes educators, students, families, employers and the local community will have their say.

Senator Williams said location shouldn’t be a liability, and this review delivers on the Nationals commitment to tackle the unique challenges people face in areas like Muswellbrook, Singleton, Denman, Cessnock and Broke and it will come up with solutions to better support students in school and into pathways beyond school.

He said there is a clear disparity between education in the bush and the city and this review will look at education from school entry to job success and how results can be improved for rural and regional people.

“Approximately one third of regional and remote students do not complete Year 12 or an equivalent unit of study and that number rises to almost two thirds of very remote students.”

“Regional and remote students made up just 18.8 per cent of domestic undergraduate students at universities in 2016”.

“We must drive and better set policy to encourage ambition among our country students.”

“The review will be led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University who has extensive knowledge and experience in rural and remote education and his passion for the sustainability of rural schools and communities make him ideally suited to lead this review,” Senator Williams said.

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