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Education Evidence Base

Public inquiry

A public inquiry into the further development of the national evidence base for school and early childhood education, which was completed in 9 months.

  • Issues paper 11 Apr 2016
  • Draft report 6 Sep 2016
  • Final report 9 Dec 2016

The issues paper covers a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due by 25 May 2016.

Read the issues paper

The draft report was released on 6 September for comment and feedback.

Submissions were due by 7 October 2016.

Read the draft report

This inquiry is completed. The final report has been handed to the Australian Government on 9 December 2016.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

The Commission was asked to provide advice on the national approach to collecting and using data for early childhood education and care and schools to improve Australia's educational outcomes.

In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission used evidence from Australia and overseas to report on and make recommendations about the following.

  • The information required to provide a comprehensive evidence base to inform policy development in early childhood and school education now and in the future.
  • Current data holdings and potential additional information, including how that information might add value to the existing evidence base.
  • Existing or potential barriers to sharing or accessing data, and how these can be overcome.
  • The role that technology and mobile devices can play in the scope, quality and timeliness of data collection and reporting.
  • The costs and benefits of options for improvements to the national education evidence base.