COAG Council System

The Council of Australian Governments (COAGmet in December 2013 and agreed to new Council arrangements, including the establishment of an Education Council.  The Education Council will be one of eight under the new COAG Council system.  Terms of Reference for the new Education Council will include deregulation and indigenous education and early childhood development.  SCSEEC will transition to the new arrangements throughout 2014.  

A copy of the COAG communique from 13 December 2013 can be found here


The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) was launched on 18th January 2012 and is one of twelve Standing Councils established under COAG arrangements. 

SCSEEC provides a forum through which strategic policy on school education and early childhood development can be coordinated at the national level, and through which, information can be shared and resources used collaboratively towards the achievement of agreed objectives and priorities. 

SCSEEC’s areas of responsibility include:

  • primary and secondary education;
  • youth affairs and youth policy;
  • cross-sectoral matters, including transitions and careers; and
  • early childhood development, including early childhood education and care.

Information previously held on the MCEECDYA website can be accessed at the following link:

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A new version of the National Safe Schools Framework has been released.
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