Inquiry into the use of AI in schools

25 May 2023

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training commenced an inquiry into the use of generative artificial intelligence in the Australian education system yesterday following a referral from the Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP.

The inquiry will include consideration of:

  • The strengths and benefits of generative AI tools for children, students, educators and systems and the ways in which they can be used to improve education outcomes;
  • The future impact generative AI tools will have on teaching and assessment practices in all education sectors, the role of educators, and the education workforce generally;
  • The risks and challenges presented by generative AI tools, including in ensuring their safe and ethical use and in promoting ongoing academic and research integrity;
  • How cohorts of children, students and families experiencing disadvantage can access the benefits of AI;
  • International and domestic practices and policies in response to the increased use of generative AI tools in education, including examples of best practice implementation, independent evaluation of outcomes, and lessons applicable to the Australian context; and
  • Recommendations to manage the risks, seize the opportunities, and guide the potential development of generative AI tools including in the area of standards.

Submissions are being invited by 14 July 2023.

Any school or staff member wanting to input into a submission should contact the Director of Public Policy, Mark Spencer.

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