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Communities in Transition 

for Queensland Communities

Indigenous Artist - Roel Wijnants |

Lychees - CSIRO - Science Image - 2309

Lichen & street scene - Quest Media

Skills to career pathways

Partnering for School Improvement. Case studies of school–community partnerships in Australia. Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

The case studies in this booklet illustrate the creative ways in which Australian schools are responding to local needs by establishing and building partnerships with community organisations and businesses. Some schools profiled in this booklet have partnered with groups interested in the environment, local history, marine studies or wildlife. Some have partnered with theatre companies, radio stations and local councils to advance creative arts in the school. Others have partnered with educational, technical and industry groups to expand students’ understandings of technology, science and mathematics, or to engage students in local industry by introducing cattle breeding, agriculture and farming programs.



Community-based Mentoring: An Exploration of a Model for Supporting and Retaining Teachers in Rural and Remote Communities in Queensland. Dr Joy Kennedy, Dr Janelle Young & A/Prof Jeffrey Dorman

Regional and remote learning  

Rural Schools Mentor Program –

Students who receive quality mentoring are more likely to set higher goals and achieve at higher levels, and...

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college,

  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly,

  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor,

  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.​​​

Internationalising Regional Australia: A Case for Change, 2016, Heather Ma Cavanagh , Charles Sturt University 

Discusses the need to expand international student uptake of study options in regional Australia.

Revisiting the schoolhouse: A literature review on staffing rural, remote and isolated schools in Australia 2004-2016

The review identifies the overarching themes of the opportunities and challenges of staffing rural schools, pre-service teacher preparation, and leadership. Within these there are numerous sub categories such as the policy setting, incentives, understanding place, mentoring, professional development, and teacher education.


Demonstrating agility and resilience. Innovative Strategies for Small and Remote Schools – Case Studies

A collection of case studies of small and remote schools across Australia and how they dealt with issues including poor or declining attendance, low levels of student interest and engagement in the school, constant staff turnover, and improving the academic performance of students.

Case Studies

Digital Champion - James Walker - Round 1, 2018 Champion - Supporting rural resilience and sustainability

James is also passionately encouraging rural producers to collaborate, and find solutions to the challenges facing farmers as they move towards a more profitable and sustainable future. He uses a strong web presence and social media to bring farmers together ‘from their homes, offices, tractors and paddocks’. Some of his activities include:

  • staging industry summits and streaming them live online

  • running case study competitions on social media to generate innovative ideas

  • producing information videos and webinars that educate farmers about ag-tech solutions, and inspire them to go digital

  • connecting famers with city-dwellers through social media to create awareness of what is happening in the outback

  • developing intuitive powerful tool to improve profits inside the farm gate.

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