The National School Reform Agreement

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The National School Reform Agreement is a joint agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lift student outcomes across Australian schools.

Reflecting the long-standing practice of collaboration between all governments to deliver school education, the National School Reform Agreement outlines strategic reforms in areas where national collaboration will have the greatest impact on driving improved student outcomes. The Agreement will operate from 2019 to 2023.

The Agreement has been informed by the findings and recommendations of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, the Independent Review of Regional, Rural and Remote Education and the final report of the STEM Partnerships Forum.

For further detail on the National School Reform Agreement, see the factsheet here.

States and territories are also required to have a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth that sets out state-specific actions to improve student outcomes. Bilateral agreements include activities that support particular student cohorts such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students in regional, rural and remote areas, students with disability and students from a low-SES background.

  • Australian Capital Territory (yet to be finalised)
  • New South Wales  – signed on 7 November 2018
  • Northern Territory (yet to be finalised)
  • Queensland (yet to be finalised)
  • South Australia  – signed on 5 November 2018
  • Tasmania (yet to be finalised)
  • Victoria (yet to be finalised)
  • Western Australia (yet to be finalised)

Further information can be found in the Quality Schools frequently asked questions