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ACT Education Directorate

We aim to develop and deliver educational services to empower each child and young person in the ACT to learn for life.

22 Jan 2020

The New Educator Induction Program

The New Educator Induction Program is a five-day event that welcomes and formally inducts New Educators into the Education Directorate.

20 Dec 2019

Taking the next steps

With the 2019 school year finished, tens of thousands of students are now taking a well-earned holiday break

20 Dec 2019

Awards recognise up and coming author

The year 10 excellence awards were held on December 4, to recognise students for their achievements and hard work in 2019

18 Dec 2019

Teachers immersed in local culture

As part of the ACT Education Directorate’s Cultural Immersion Program, groups of ACT public school teachers have been given a new view of Canberra.

02 Dec 2019

Year 10 students recognised

From helping those less fortunate, going above and beyond in their studies to being a great listener and friend and starting their own charities, 71 amazing students were recognised at the Year 10 Excellence Awards.

28 Nov 2019

Book club an opportunity to share ideas

The library was buzzing with great ideas, experiences and students’ work as the northside book club started.

Parents and Carers Hotline

Parents and carers are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or school principal about any issue or concern regarding their child’s welfare. Alternatively, parents, carers and community members can raise any concerns with the ACT Education Directorate through the Families and Students, Complaints and Feedback Unit online via the ACT Education Directorate contact form or by phone (02) 6205 5429 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Future of Education

Every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. The Future of Education Strategy outlines a 10-year plan to make sure the focus and investment achieves the best future for all children and young people in the ACT.

Picture of Senior Psychologist – Raelene Farrell

Staff Spotlight: Raelene Farrell

It is really inspiring to work with such passionate school staff and School Psychologists who really care about making a difference.

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Our #photooftheweek comes from our five-day New Educator Induction program, where a whole day was dedicated to cultural integrity workshops. These workshops encapsulated the Directorate’s vision for reconciliation and cultural integrity across ACT public schools by developing and maintaining genuine, collaborative and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Among the activities was a game of Juluhya - a popular Indigenous game traditionally played by rolling pebbles down long, rolled up sheets of bark. The game encourages teamwork and communication to achieve the best time from start to finish.

Back to school is an exciting time for students and families. Attending an ACT Public School is free for all children and young people in the ACT, but we know that some families feel pressure as a result of the costs associated with things like school uniforms, book packs and stationery. Help is available. The ACT Government is committed to supporting all children and young people in having the opportunity to fully participate in school programs and activities. Our schools are resourced to assist students to access everyday essentials and to meet the diverse needs of our students, including by supplying book packs (including stationery) and personal hygiene products (such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sanitary hygiene products). Chromebook laptops are also provided for all high school and college students. Schools are also funded to support students who may have complex social or personal circumstances. This funding can be used by schools to support student expenses including (but not limited to): school uniforms, food (breakfast, morning fruit etc), book packs and stationery, school excursions or camps, transport and participation in enrichment activities. Making access to education equitable for all students, regardless of personal circumstances, is a core objective of our public education system. If you need financial assistance, please contact your school directly about what you and your child might need. Visit for more information.