About the framework

Working together to maximise student learning

The department's Parent and community engagement framework helps students, schools, parents and the community to work together to maximise student learning and wellbeing. Research shows parent and community engagement that is effectively focused on student learning can deliver powerful outcomes (OECD, 2011).

Why is parent and community engagement important?

Research shows that the most successful schools engage students, parents, carers and the community as partners in supporting student learning and wellbeing. Many schools have already developed strategies to engage with parents and community. The overwhelming evidence that parent engagement has a positive effect on student achievement has led to all state schools and their communities being encouraged to strengthen their engagement - with and between students, teachers, parents and carers, support staff, community, industry and business groups.

This framework outlines 5 key elements of parent and community engagement to make a positive difference in our students' education.

Key elements of the framework


Effective communication is an exchange between students, parents, communities and schools that is inclusive and involves information sharing and opportunities to learn from each other.

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Partnerships with parents

Partnerships between parents, students and schools promote student learning, wellbeing and high expectations for student success.

Read more about partnerships with parents

Community collaboration

Relationships between the school and wider community strengthen the ability of schools and families to support student learning, wellbeing and development outcomes.

Read more about community collaboration


Parents, students and community members play meaningful roles in school decision-making.

Read more about decision-making

School culture

Respectful relationships between students, parents and the school community are valued and enhance the promotion of student learning and wellbeing.

Read more about school culture

Framework policy

Download the Parent and community engagement framework policy document:

An image of the 5 framework sections as detailed on this page: communication, partnerships with parents, community collaboration, decision-making and school culture.


New parent fact sheets are available to support children's learning at every stage of schooling. A fact sheet for schools to support parents engagement has also been developed with ideas for the whole school and classrooms.

Last reviewed
17 January 2018
Last updated
17 January 2018

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