Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System

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

An Expert Panel leading the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System (the Review) has been announced. The Review will inform development of the next National School Reform Agreement (the agreement).


The agreement is a joint agreement between the Commonwealth, states, and territories, to lift student outcomes across Australian schools. The Australian Government is committed to working with State and Territory Governments to get every school to 100 percent of its fair funding level.

The Review will focus on driving real and measurable improvements for students, with a particular focus on students most at risk of falling behind. This includes students from low socio-economic backgrounds, regional, rural, and remote Australia, students with disability, First Nations students and students from a language background other than English.

The Review will be undertaken by an Expert Panel consisting of the following members:

  • Dr Lisa O’Brien AM (Chair)
  • Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM (Deputy Chair)
  • Ms Dyonne Anderson
  • Dr Jordana Hunter
  • Professor Stephen Lamb
  • Professor Pasi Sahlberg.

The Panel’s Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference identifies the priority areas of focus for the Review, these include:

  • Targets and reform areas to drive measurable improvements for all students, particularly those most at risk of falling behind
  • Improving student mental health and wellbeing
  • Attracting and retaining teachers
  • Using data collection to best inform improvements to student outcomes
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability of public funding.

The Expert Panel will consult with State and Territory Governments, teachers, principals and other education experts to present recommendations to Education Ministers. Consultations will also take place with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations from regional, rural and remote Australia, people with disability, and young Australians experiencing disadvantage.

The Expert Panel will advise Education Ministers on what reform priorities should be included in the next agreement by 31 October 2023.

More information

Find out more about the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System and read the Terms of Reference.

Read Minister Clare’s media release.

Correct at time of publication.