The National School Reform Agreement


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 Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships report of the STEM Partnerships Forum.

For further detail on the National School Reform Agreement, see the What is the National School Reform Agreement fact sheet.

For further information on implementation of the national policy initiatives, see the 2019 progress report.

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.

Bilateral agreements also set out minimum state and territory funding contribution requirements as a condition of receiving Commonwealth school funding. Reporting guidance has been developed to assist states and territories to report on their funding contributions.

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