GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education: Engaging vulnerable families and communities

More than one in five children in Australia are vulnerable to falling behind in at least one of five key developmental areas when they begin school. For Indigenous children, the number rises to two in five. And while funding for early childhood has been increasing, the gap between children in most disadvantaged and least disadvantaged areas has continued to widen since 2009.

On 4 October 2016, the GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education released its recommendations, outlining eight specific ways to improve the system and help vulnerable children and the broader community. The Taskforce, supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, NSW Department of Education and NSW Family and Community Services, reviewed existing ECE policies and best practices and explored how the current pool of government funding could be used more effectively.

The Taskforce's final report calls for systemic changes, a stronger evidence base, pilot trials of holistic schemes, alternative procurement strategies, improved governance, better connection between services and the pursuit of stronger parental engagement to secure more uptake of ECE services in Australia.

Global Access Partners Tertiary Music Education Taskforce: "Twenty years after the Dawkins Review"

In early 2011, GAP assembled a high-powered group of senior representatives from academia, the artistic community, government, business and not-for-profit organisations to examine the current state of tertiary music education in Australia. The group assessed the repercussions of the major structural change which occurred when conservatoria were amalgamated with universities as part of the Dawkins educational reforms in the 1990s. It reviewed proposals for reform recently put before the Australian Government and addressed specific challenges facing the sector.

The Taskforce's final report, released on 4 October 2011, sets out how Australian tertiary music education can be revitalised at relatively little cost to the benefit of the cultural and economic health of the nation.

One of the Taskforce's key recommendations led to the development of a proposal for the establishment of an Australian e-Conservatorium of Music, with a blend of traditional and online teaching.

Current projects

:: GAP Taskforce on Leadership in Education

:: GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing

:: GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment

:: National Economic Review - the Future of jobs: Global Access Partners 6th Annual Growth Summit - 17-18 September 2015, NSW Parliament House, Sydney

:: Vision for Australia