AI framework for schools released

1 December 2023

Earlier today, Commonwealth Education Minister Jason Clare announced that the Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools has been released.

The Framework has been designed to assist school communities to use generative AI in a safe and effective way. The Framework seeks to guide the responsible and ethical use of generative AI tools in ways that benefit students, schools, and society. It is designed to support all people connected with school education including school leaders, teachers, support staff, service providers, parents, guardians, students and policy makers.

The Framework is based on 6 guiding principles:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Human and Social Wellbeing
  • Transparency
  • Fairness
  • Accountability
  • Privacy, Security and Safety

The Framework will be implemented from Term 1 2024. Trials consistent with these 6 guiding principles are already underway across jurisdictions. The Framework will be reviewed at least every 12 months, or as needed.

A key concern for Education Ministers is ensuring the protection of student privacy. As part of implementing the Framework, Ministers have committed $1 million for Education Services Australia to update existing privacy and security principles to ensure students and others using generative AI technology in schools have their privacy and data protected.

The Framework was developed by the National AI in Schools Taskforce, with representatives from the Commonwealth, all jurisdictions, school sectors, and all national education agencies - Educational Services Australia (ESA), Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), and Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO).

The Framework can be accessed here.

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