The Australian Government supports parental choice and diversity in the school system, and is committed to improving outcomes for all students.
Funding of $186.4 million over five years from 2018 will be provided to state-based non-government representative bodies to support implementation of national and state reforms in all non-government schools. The new fund will support non-government schools in the implementation of the Government's education reform agenda.
Supporting greater transparency, non-government representative bodies will submit proposals each year for teacher and school support programs aligned to the nationally agreed areas of reform or state education reforms. Proposals will only be funded if they meet minimum criteria and deliver value for money.
Progress will be evaluated at the end of each year against specific deliverables.
The design of the new fund will focus on providing:
- greater strategic direction and focus on government reform priorities
- a consistent outcomes framework to allow for measurement of outcomes
- requirements for evaluation of activities
- greater accountability.
Activities funded under new arrangements will be better targeted with new requirements:
- bodies will provide proposals against the reform priorities set out in national and state agreements
- proposals will be approved based on outcomes to be delivered in priority areas
- bodies will be required to report against a consistent outcomes framework
- bodies will need to have appropriate evaluation models in place.