Education Network Australia
Wed, 13 Sep 95 12:10:00 S
Recent messages have focussed on the consultation processes associated with
the development of the Education Network Australia initiative. The
following information is offered to supplement that provided by Graham
Adcock last week.
There are two broad processes of consultation underway. The first process
is an official one established by Ministers at the 26 April meeting of the
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.
This process involves the various reference and working groups described in
paragraphs 7 to 9 of the EdNA Issues Paper. The key point is that the
various State and Territory School and Vocational Education systems, the
Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee and the Catholic and Independent
school systems act as the coordinating agencies to ensure that the views of
all key educational participants in their areas of responsibility are
reflected in the process. DEET works through these agencies when consulting
on the EdNA initiative.
The second process of consultation is an unofficial process of discussion on
issues associated with EdNA which DEET has been attempting to foster, in
part through the medium of the Web. We have published both general
background documents and a detailed issues paper to facilitate this process.
The official consultation process has generated, as one would expect, a
range of associated papers, including discussion papers, minutes of meetings
and comments provided by a number of participants in that process. DEET
will, as a matter of basic etiquette, only make publicly available papers
associated with the official process if all those involved in that process
agree. The Issues Paper is an example of a paper originally produced for
the official consultation process subsequently made publicly available. As
Graham indicated in his note, it is also our intention to publish the next
major paper to be produced, the Business Requirements Analysis, once it has
been cleared by Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers.
As an example of how the process of making information publicly available
works, we would not publish the contact details of members of the various
working groups without the permission of those involved. This permission
has not been given.
On a point of detail raised by Roger Clarke, the term 'reception
infrastructure' appears in the formal decision taken by Ministers and will
continue to be used, at least for some time. The substantive point made is
accepted. The intention is not to focus in any way on 'passive' reception
As Graham noted the best address to make any comment on any aspect of EdNA
Education Networking Taskforce