The Education Amendment Act 2018 (No 40 of 2018) received the Royal assent on 23 October 2018. The Act amends the Education Act 1989 and the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017. The Act came into force on 24 October 2018.

The main objectives of the Act are to:

• strengthen the quality of school education by removing the provisions relating to national standards and the partnership school model from legislation

• improve the governance of tertiary education institutions by restoring places for elected staff and students on their councils

• support the introduction of free tertiary education by making it an offence to make a false representation about an application for free tertiary education, and

• improve the new strategic planning and reporting framework for State and State-integrated schools and enable a smooth transition to the new regime.

The Education Amendment Act 2018 makes consequential amendments to other Acts including the repeal of s CW 55BB(1)(b)(ia) of the Income Tax Act 2007.