The Melbourne Declaration was supported by its accompanying document, McEETYA`s 2009-2012 quadrennial plan, which identified key strategies that Australian governments were prepared to adopt in each area of action. This has been brought into line with the main governments of the Council of Australia (COAG) and other national agreements. Progress in implementing these strategies in 2012 is outlined in Part 2: National Initiatives and Achievements. In July 2009, the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) was established following an agreement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on the reorientation of the roles and competences of two pre-existing councils – MCEETYA and the Ministerial Council for Vocational Training (MCVTE). The agreement sets the conditions for granting Commonwealth school funds to Australian states and territories for the period 2009-2013. It describes the roles and responsibilities of the Australian government and states and territories, as well as a framework for reporting performance. All children get involved in school and benefit from it – young people meet basic literacy and math standards, and the overall level of reading, writing and numeracy skills is improving – Australian students are exceeding international standards – education promotes social inclusion and reduces child poverty in education, especially Aboriginal children – young people make a successful transition from school to work and continue their education. National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care [2010] In November 2010, MCEECDYA approved the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care (NIA ECEC), developed in consultation with the Australian government, states and thinkers and major data agencies. This agreement was concluded to facilitate and improve the collection, exchange and communication on early childhood education and care. The NIA ECEC is an important step in national efforts to improve the quality and reliability of early learning and reception data. 1The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) replaced the national goals for the school in the Twenty-First Century (the Adelaide Declaration, agreed in 1999), which itself replaced the original national goals for the school in Australia (agreed in 1989). 2 A full statement of objectives is available in the Melbourne Declaration, 6-9. 3 References and links to the national agreement on education in this report refers to the revised agreement that came into force in July 2012.

The 2012 results against the NEA`s results and indicators will be published in Education australia in 2012: Five Years of Performance – report to the Council of Australian Governments by the COAG Reform Council (CRC). Goal 2 All young Australians become learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. All children work in school education and benefit from it The following publications were produced by former SCSEEC centres, the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA), for publications published from 2009 to 2012; publications published before mid-2009 by the Council of Ministers of Education, Training, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).