Our commitment to developing national standards is designed to support an industry that operates across many legal and regulatory jurisdictions. We have been pursuing the development of national standards for boarding providers for many years and we have now been funded by Government to undertake this work.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) jointly provided Boarding Australia with funding to develop standards for boarding and student accommodation, in response to the Commonwealth’s aim of ‘closing the gap’ with Indigenous education outcomes. This reflects the high priority that Boarding Australia has in supporting boarding providers in regional and remote locations. Many of these operators focus on supporting Indigenous students.
DEEWR and FaHCSIA supported our proposal having identified the lack of a quality control framework for boarding service and other student accommodation providers.
Boarding Australia is using this funding to develop standards that can apply to all of our member organisations, and any other boarding or student accommodation provider who may wish to use them. We are also making recommendations on potential assessment models that may be used in conjunction with the standards to ensure quality services for students requiring accommodation away from home in order to obtain their education.
The outline for the National Standards project is available for download below. Please note this is a background document only, and was written prior to submitting the report in November 2012.