Quality Schools Package

The Australian Government is delivering school funding and reform arrangements that focus on students and what they need to be their best. It's student-centred funding supporting student-centred schools.

The Quality Schools package was announced on 2 May 2017. Central to the package is the Government's goal that every student in Australia should have the opportunities they need to be the best they can be.

To achieve this goal, the Government is delivering new funding arrangements to ensure that every student gets the resources they need, regardless of their background or where they live.

Over the next 10 years total, Commonwealth investment in schools will increase by 74.6 per cent. On average, funding for each student will grow by 4.1 per cent each year over 2018 to 2027.

Schools and students that need the most additional resources will get the biggest funding increases in the fastest time period. By 2027, all schools in each sector – Catholic, Independent and Government – will be funded on a consistent basis by the Commonwealth.

This funding means schools can continue to deliver – and expand – programs that are helping them support the children in their school who need it most. And the Australian Government will continue to work with states and territories on national reforms that improve the quality of schools.

The Government has established an independent National School Resourcing Board to review elements of the funding model in the Australian Education Act 2013, including assessing the compliance of states, territories and other approved authorities with their requirements under the Act.

It has also established the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, led by Mr David Gonski AC, to ensure the national reform agenda continues to be strongly linked to the best evidence available of what works.

For more information

The Quality Schools frequently asked questions provide information about the changes.

The Quality Schools fact sheets explain the schools reform package in more detail.

The School Funding Estimator is currently being updated to reflect the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 passed by the Australian Parliament on 23 June 2017.