Quality Schools

The Australian Government’s Quality Schools reforms will make Commonwealth schools funding fair, transparent, equitable and needs-based. It will ensure that students with the same need in the same sector will attract the same level of support from the Commonwealth.

The content on this webpage, including the School Funding Estimator and factsheets, is currently being updated to reflect the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 passed by the Australian Parliament on 23 June 2017.

The Quality Schools reform package provides a record investment of $242.3 billion in schools recurrent funding over the next 10 years, including $81.1 billion over 2018-2021.

Commonwealth funding will grow from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027.

This funding growth means that schools will be able to continue and expand successful programs to support improved outcomes. Frequently asked questions are available now.

Building on Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes, released in May 2016, the Quality Schools reform package ensures Commonwealth funding will be tied to reforms to support better outcomes for students. It will also require state and territory governments to maintain real per student funding levels.

The Government’s reform agenda will be informed by the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, to be chaired by Mr David Gonski AC. The Review will provide advice on how the extra Commonwealth funding provided in the 2017 Budget should be used to improve student achievement.

To help schools adjust, there will be a 10 year transition to consistent Commonwealth funding. This is much faster than the more than 150 year transition under current arrangements.

Quality Schools Fact Sheets

New fairer school funding from 2018

The Case for Change

Commonwealth and state responsibilities for school funding

Funding will be tied to reforms

A fairer transition to the new model

Fairer funding for Students with Disability

Supporting students in regional and remote schools

Supporting Indigenous students

Additional funding for the Northern Territory

Expanded capital investment program for non-government schools

Non-government reform support

Commitment to quality preschool education

Calculating transition arrangements