The Morrison Government is reviewing the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, and has already held nine consultation sessions around Australia and received more than 150 written submissions.

“We are updating the Melbourne Declaration to reflect the changing nature of education, the economy and work,” Tehan said.

“Today I heard principals, teachers, university lecturers and parents talk about their aspirations for the future of Australia’s education system and its students.

“These conversations are vital to ensuring the updated Melbourne Declaration enables Australians to access our world-class education system and reach their full potential.

“We need an education system that meets the needs of every Australian, no matter where they live, and that reflects the demands of our world and economy.

“Fundamental to a successful education system must be a focus on literacy and numeracy, because our students can’t learn and grow if they can’t read, write and count.”

The Australian Education Union (AEU) rejected the government’s review in June, saying that the original goals of the Melbourne Declaration should be met before being updated.

“Federal education minister Dan Tehan is determined to meddle with one of the blueprint documents guiding Australian education," AEU federal president Correna Haythorpe said.

“Once again the Morrison Government is just shifting the goalposts instead of addressing the issues when it comes up short on reaching targets.”

In February, Victorian education minister James Merlino boycotted a key education forum at which updates to the Melbourne Declaration were discussed, labelling it “blatant grandstanding” by Tehan.