It’s early morning at Heathmont College, a government high school in Melbourne’s sprawling eastern suburbs. Students are not in their individual year groups but spread across the campus in various classrooms, years seven to 12...Read more
Keeping young people in school is a key element in addressing inequality. Completing school is a minimum requirement for many jobs, as well as necessary for getting access to most types of training and university...Read more
|Comment|author: Professor Marco Castillo and Professor Ragan Petrie
You may have heard of play. It’s that thing children do – the diverse range of unstructured, spontaneous activities and behaviours. Children play in many ways, including by exploring movements, constructing with equipment, creating games,...Read more
A child’s destiny is heavily influenced by the lottery of socio-economic status and where they happen to grow up, but access to quality early learning can help even the odds for all Australian children. Each...Read more
In this Australian election, will the major parties’ climate policies get Australia on track to meet its Paris commitments and how does Australia compare to what other countries are doing?
As the Australian federal election approaches,...Read more
Australia’s sprawling cities present many challenges to sustainability, but planning innovations can help achieve at least half of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Thirty years after the landmark Brundtland report, the debate on urban sustainability...Read more
|Comment|author: Sebastien Darchen and Glen Searle
Our cities are responsible for a large chunk of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, so the way we plan and construct them has to adapt to the future impacts of climate change.
Worldwide, buildings are responsible...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Anna Hurlimann and Dr Georgia Warren-Myers
With hundreds of new schools needed in Victoria in the coming decade, how will they meet future student and community needs? Australia will need an estimated 400 to 750 new schools to accommodate 650,000 additional students...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Benjamin Cleveland, Associate Professor Clare Newton and Isabella Bower
Making our biggest cities more efficient, affordable and accessible will raise the living standards of nearly all Australians, but it will also require some compromise.
Australia’s economic future depends on the smooth operation of its big...Read more
Australian families are increasingly relying on childcare but a change in policy may leave those who need it most locked out. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey reveals Australians are...Read more
|Comment|author: Professor Guyonne Kalb, Dr Inga Lass and Dr Anna Zhu, University of Melbourne
Respectful and valued relationships with teachers and the wider community are key to helping more students feel greater connection to their school, leading to far-reaching positive effects. The sense of belonging Australian students feel at school has...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, Dr Peggy Kern, Professor Lea Waters, and Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick
The long-term health and wellbeing of Australian children suffers if they live in neighbourhoods lacking basic amenities like schools, parks and libraries, says a new study.
Changing Children’s Chances looked at the experiences of more than 5,000...Read more
The first ever census of young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds paints a mixed picture of optimism and belonging against a backdrop of ongoing discrimination.
The majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly...Read more
|Comment|author: Professor Johanna Wyn, Dr Rimi Khan and Dr Babak Dadvand
Gender stereotyping can be tackled in preschool, promoting equality in the skills children learn and the possibilities they see for themselves. But it’s not about banning books.
We all know that children are like little detectives....Read more
The Greater Dandenong City Council in Victoria, Australia, engages local children to help shape the local city and the experience children have as active participants within it.
In May 2016, the Council invited primary school aged...Read more
A Melbourne children’s playground designed to encourage risk-taking – through rocky outcropped terraces and lofty climbing ropes – has been crowned the nation’s best.
It is known as Nature Play and sits in Royal Park, next...Read more