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Strategic plan

The Department for Education and Child Development Strategic Plan (PDF 609KB) describes how we will deliver a world-class education and child development system in South Australia.

It builds on the government’s strategic directions and sets out our priorities and accountabilities. It also highlights our commitment to building capability in 6 fundamental areas that we know have created impact in successful education and child development systems around the world.

The areas are: expert teaching, quality leadership, engaged parents and communities, stronger services, resourcing and investment, and improvement and accountability.

Aboriginal strategy

The department's Aboriginal Strategy 2013 to 2016 (PDF 1MB) is designed to improve educational experiences and outcomes for South Australia's Aboriginal students in 7 priority areas:

  • readiness for school
  • engagement and connections
  • attendance
  • literacy and numeracy
  • leadership, quality teaching and workforce development
  • pathways to real post-school options
  • Aboriginal employment.

The strategy aligns with national priorities and aims to ensure that all Aboriginal children and young people will achieve their full potential. Achieving these targets will require significant effort and collaboration across government and non-government agencies, communities and families. 

Reconciliation action plan 

The Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 1.2MB) focuses on the steps the department will take to deliver the government's policies and programs to better engage with Aboriginal Australians.

It brings together the key initiatives the department will undertake to support reconciliation as a means of improving the outcomes of Aboriginal people.

The plan aims to help build trust, effective relationships and a sense of belonging and identity for Aboriginal people. It aims to foster and express respect for the role of Aboriginal traditional land owners and their cultures.

Our commitment

The department is committed to helping improve the lives of Aboriginal South Australians through care, education and training. The gap in educational and life outcomes currently experienced by Aboriginal South Australians is well recognised and reducing this gap is a national government priority.

The department recognises that true reconciliation will only exist when all Aboriginal children, young people, and employees can reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities and quality of life that all South Australians expect.

General enquiries

Phone: 8226 1000
Free call: 1800 088 158
Email: DECD.customers [at] sa.gov.au