In 2007-2008 the Australian Government commissioned a report to look at priority areas for national action in education for sustainability. This process included extensive community consultation through online survey, expert interviews, six community workshops held across Australia and a Government cross-portfolio workshop.
Sustainability education develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. It is not confined to formal schooling. It also occurs in a wide range of non-formal education settings at work and at home.
You can find the entire Living Sustainably National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability 2009 report here.
Below are a list of areas the community agreed needed most attention:
- Leadership and coordination from all levels of government
- Partnerships and networks, within and between sectors
- Integration with other government measures
- Access to increased and more targeted funding, including greater continuity and longer timeframes for supported projects
- Training and professional development in education for sustainability in a variety of contexts including industry, formal education and the community, with particular emphasis on national training packages and undergraduate teacher training
- Awareness and information about learning and behaviour change models, and effective learning for sustainability
- coordinated availability of teaching and learning materials and resources, including best practice case studies
- Publicity and advocacy to demonstrate the benefits of education for sustainability and raise the profile of the national action campaign
- Attitudes, motivation and commitment to act, through engaging the community, discussing desired outcomes and developing shared values and goals
- Engaging the media
- Effective research program