Results from Our National COVID-19 Survey

The ACSSO Australian Family Survey on Schooling in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Questions in this survey covered families whose children:
- attend school in person
- are in home-based remote learning
- have additional needs.

The survey gathered your stories and helped us understand the impact this massive shift in educational delivery was having on families now and in the future. We thank you for your responses.

The COVID-19 Survey Summary can be found here

LIVE links to Department of Education (DESE)

DESE Current Information

DESE - National Principles for School Education

Head to Health - Covid-19

AHPPC - Latest Advice of Reducing Transmission in Schools



04-05-20 Queensland Govt has announced they will follow other states with a back to school plan commencing May 11


Update from Tasmania Dept Education letter to parents

QLD the Department of Education has a number of online tools and resources to support students, learning@home refers to the ways schools will maintain teaching and learning in the event of a prolonged school closure or student absence. Curriculum resources for Mathematics and English are available for students to complete at their own pace - click here.

Live link to Australian Government Department of Health with latest information on COVID-19

Australian Gov is sharing all Covid-19 updates via What's app, Click here for What's app link on all devices -

Apple App is available also click here

ACSSO President Andrew Bidwell

The World Health Org has produced an excellent video explaining the virus to children

Short video in Yolngu Matha language

Links of Interest:

Please click here for Information and links to various Departments to assist with Covid-19 Pandemic, put together by ACSSO


Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has some great information for parents, with a Spot light on What Works in Online/remote Teaching and Learning, click to read in full

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF FAMILY STUDIES (AIFS) - Children’s social-emotional wellbeing, the role of parenting, parents’ mental health and health behaviours - click here

SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS and students with disability, ASEPA, have joined together with UK-based NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) to work in partnership to crowd-source free resources that may be useful in supporting children with complex and/or additional learning needs - click here

SPECIAL NEEDS AND COVID-19 free resources and home packets

Teachers and Schools - Fun Videos

See below for Cambridge Park Primary School NSW (we would love to share yours, please send to

ACSSO Supporting Families

ACSSO encourages all families to keep up to date with the latest information during these unprecedented times and are committed to supporting you. We will continue to keep abreast of current announcements to keep you informed and share websites and ideas to keep our families educated, engaged and supported. Most of all take the time to enjoy your families and be kind to yourself


Please follow photo links below for great learning from home support and ideas

Fabulous video from well known Parenting Author Maggie Dent

How to talk to kids about the current situation - click here


Reminding families that you are your

child's first educator, you've got this!

Links you may find useful, educational and fun

  • Keeping the whole family entertained, click here for links for FREE Books, Mental Health Support, Virtual Tours, Educational tips and so much more
  • eSafety Commissioner has some great information for keeping us all safe online - click here
  • Fantastic ABC Podcasts including Maggie Dent and various podcasts coping with Covid-19 - click here to view links to a variety of ABC podcasts
  • Wild life Sydney Zoo have live streaming, feeding the animals this week, click here for more information and a fun activity. Due to high demand you may miss the live stream however they will be posted on their website, it's wonderful.
  • CHATTERPACK – online resources - Explore virtual tours, Learn about the Romans, a Roman Fort, the food they ate and the soldiers, Tour a Zoo, Visit a farm, activity packs to download, fun and educational resource - click here
  • KIDS ACTIVITY BLOG – with further links to Educational companies offering free subscriptions (US based) - click here
  • HOGARTS DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOM - Harry Potter themed escape room fun, try completing this escape room as a family or individual, you can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Fun activity - click here to play
  • LISTEN TO A STORY - free of charge each day, read by the author, enjoy some quiet time together - click here each day.

Infographics from various sources