In 2008, MCEETYA released the Melbourne Declaration, an Australian education document identifying ‘Educational Goals for Young Australians’. Within this document, the use of ICT is advised as an integral tool to achieve the educational goals of equity and excellence, supporting all students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. The declaration states that Australian students must be:
creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas (MCEETYA, 2008).
Supporting the inclusion of ICT capabilities in the Australian Curriculum, the Melbourne Declaration suggests that using ICT assist students in their development of thinking deeply and logically, and obtaining and evaluating evidence. ICT also supports creativity, innovation and resourcefulness, assisting students in problem solving. Finally, The Melbourne Declaration supports ICT as a way to promote and assist continued success in students lives following school, as a member of a family, the workforce and the wider community.