As the peak organisation representing rural and remote education, the Country Education Partnership (CEP) is committed to advocating for the needs of rural and remote learning communities. We work to ensure all issues affecting country education are put before and heard by governments, as well as relevant education sector authorities. We also promote the positive learning initiatives that are occurring each and every day within our country education communities.

CEP undertakes this work across a number of key areas:

Building and maintaining strong relationships with rural and remote education communities.

CEP connects on a regular basis with a range of rural and remote learning communities across Australia. It undertakes this work through:

  • facilitating forums with rural and remote education communities;
  • specific workshops focusing on key areas of challenge for rural and remote education communities;
  • individual discussions with education organisations, education leaders, and rural and remote communities;
  • facilitating research into key areas affecting the provision of quality education.

Representing rural and remote education to governments, educations sectors and key stakeholder groups.

CEP represents rural and remote learning communities at a number of levels including:

  • state and federal governments;
  • various government and education sector working and reference groups;
  • meetings with senior education personnel within the Department of Education and Training and the Catholic Education Office;
  • meetings with Regional Directors of the Department of Education and Training, and Directors of the Catholic Education Offices;
  • strong links with other key stakeholder groups, such as Principal, parent, student, school governance and union organisations.

In addition, it represents rural and remote learning communities nationally, through organisations such as the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia.

Supporting Student Agency.

CEP facilitates a high-quality Rural Student Voice initiative known as “Rural Inspire”.

Rural Inspire embraces a number of initiatives designed to enhance the aspirations and dreams of children and young people within rural and remote communities. These initiatives include:

  • Rural Youth Ambassador Leadership Program;
  • Linking “successful” rural people back to their communities through Rural Inspire Mentors.
  • Youth leadership;
  • Social media communication;
  • Post-school transition assistance, commonly referred to as ‘School to Next’

Communication and Promotion:

CEP utilises a number of communication strategies to ensure rural and remote education communities are informed of the issues, challenges and initiatives occurring within rural and remote education. We draw attention to — and are involved in — relevant research, and showcase best-practice education within rural and remote communities.

Bush Voices is the name of our electronic newsletter (blog) and this is circulated on a regular basis. For the latest edition, and a catalogue of editions, hit the link:  Bush Voices

In addition, you can also find CEP via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

To join either of these social media platforms, follow these details:

  •  Facebook:  search “Country Education Partnership”
  • Twitter: search “@CEP_Partnership”