Creating change

There are many recent examples of Council responding to concerns and representing parents to bringing about change. A few examples:

  • our ongoing lobbying for traffic improvements around schools led to pilot programs being established, then extended. This was one of our 2016 ACT election priorities and we were able to secure promises from all parties for funds to improve school traffic safety, including school-crossing supervisors at 20 schools and traffic management plans for all schools.
  • initiating a major project to help school canteens in response to ongoing concerns from delegates about their financial viability
  • working with the Education Directorate and bus companies to ensure drivers of special transport services receive disability awareness training
  • successfully lobbying 2016 ACT election candidates to promise substantially increased funds for improving school buildings
  • responding to frustrations about the dispersed nature of information on disability services by collating a comprehensive booklet of ACT services (our work in this area won us this award)
  • successfully lobbying the ACT Education Minister to look more carefully at applications for new private schools which affect public school enrolments
  • Council lobbying was a major factor behind the ACT Government's new project in parental engagement
  • parent representatives on the ACT Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties pushed for parent information sessions to be part of the group's recommendations to ETD. These free information sessions to assist parents with their child's learning difficulty proved popular with parents

Learn more about how Council acts as a voice for parents.