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2018 RRR Photo Gallery

Kimberley, Western Australia. Submitted by Sue Trinidad.

2018 RRR Photo Gallery

Broome, Western Australia. Submitted by Richard Lobb.

2018 RRR Photo Gallery

Katanning, Western Australia. Submitted by Susan Ledger.

2018 RRR Photo Gallery

Mount Barker, Western Australia. Submitted by Lyn Vernon.

Welcome to SPERA


Welcome to SPERA

The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) consists of people who share a common concern and commitment to the maintenance and development of appropriate educational opportunities for rural communities in Australia. SPERA began in 1984 and has members in all Australian states and territories. The society holds an annual conference each year and produces regular newsletters and journals for its members.


Thank you to everyone for a brilliant 2018 conference at Curtin University, Perth. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 35th SPERA conference in 2019!

SAVE THE DATE 2019 SPERA Conference

Conference Details

Where: QUT Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane, Queensland

When: 2nd October to 4th October 2019

2019 SPERA Conference Subthemes:

  • Building digital connections for rural communities
  • Ensuring rural communities’ well-being
  • Sharing innovation in ‘rural’ collaboration
  • Connecting the global and the rural
  • Community learning and sharing
  • Resourcing an interconnected approach


Click here for the 2018 program and abstracts

The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) promotes a positive view of education and training in rural and remote Australia. Our organisation achieves this goal by linking people with a diverse range of interests who are united by a common mission: to develop innovative practices to overcome the inequities created by the tyranny of distance. An underlying principle which guides our organisation’s activities is the provision of equality of educational opportunity. This year’s conference theme is quite pertinent—“Access for All: Equity Matters”.

2018 Photos and Presentation Slides

2018 AREA Winners

Congratulations 2018 Australian Rural Education Award Winners!
At the 2018 SPERA Conference, three fantastic AREAs were presented.

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The educational needs in non-metropolitan areas have been explored in a recent report.

In 2018 the Federal Government released the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education, commissioned in 2017 and led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University. Experts respond…

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Developing a Rural Compass: Recalibrating for Success An overview of rural education policy in Australia

Dr Susan Ledger’s recent article featured in spanish magazine ‘Guix – Aula d innovacion educativia’. Although home to over 32% of the nation, regional Australia is often overlooked in terms…

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