External Affairs and Regulation has a broad range of responsibilities across all education sectors. The division is committed to close consultation with stakeholders as a core feature of its work and as a pre-requisite to its effective operation. EXAR also manages several consultation structures that support areas of the division’s operations.
Schools Advisory Council
The council advises the minister on cross-sectoral issues, initiatives and programs that affect school education across NSW.
Chaired on a rotational basis and serviced by External Affairs and Regulation, the Schools Advisory Council consists of a representative of the Minister for Education, heads of the three education sectors, represented by Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission and the Department of Education.
Non-Government Schools Advisory Council
The council advises the minister on relevant policy issues, including financial assistance to non-government schools, and acts as a high-level forum for the sharing of information across sectors.
The Council includes senior representatives from: Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission, Council of Catholic School Parents, Independent Education Union and the NSW Parents’ Council.
Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group
The Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group brings together a range of organisations in the early childhood sector.
The group acts as a forum for discussion and consultation on operational and policy issues affecting the sector, and promotes information sharing and communication.
Non-Government Schools Not-For-Profit Advisory Committee
The Non-Government Schools Not-For-Profit Advisory Committee is established by the NSW Education Act to advise the Minister for Education on the compliance of schools, and proprietors of schools with the not-for-profit requirements.
For information on the Committee’s activities please see the latest newsletter:
Newsletter June 2015 (pdf 38 KB)