Independent Public Schools

Internationally and in Australia, evidence emphasises the advantages of school autonomy as part of a comprehensive strategy for school improvement. The Australian Government recognises that school leaders and communities are best-placed to know and understand the needs of their schools, and that giving schools more control of local decision-making is one of the key ways to drive improved student outcomes.

The Government is supporting school autonomy with its $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative. Under this initiative, the Government is supporting all states and territories to increase the autonomy available to government schools and to enable schools to make decisions at the local level about what is best for their students. 

The Independent Public Schools initiative is being implemented in cooperation with the states and territories. Activities being funded include professional development for school leaders in managing school operations, training for school council members to help them become more involved in their school, and the implementation of one-line budgets to enable schools to determine the best use of their resources. 

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Further information about the Government’s reform agenda is available on the Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes website.