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.

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.

Use the school funding estimator to find out what this means for your school.

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 68 per cent. On average, funding for each student will grow by 4.3 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. 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 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. On 28 March 2018, the Review panel delivered the final report to the Government, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

The report’s recommendations and findings along with the Independent Review of Regional Rural and Remote Education and the final report of the STEM Partnerships Forum, have informed the development of the National Schools Reform Agreement between the Commonwealth and states and territories.

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.

There is also a glossary for key terms used on this website.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Quality Schools Package.

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  1. Australian Capital Territory Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 10 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Australian Capital Territory Bilateral Agreement

  2. Certification of Compliance with Australian Government Advertising Guidelines for Phase One of the Quality Schools Campaign

    Created: 24 November 2017

    Certification of Compliance with Australian Government Advertising Guidelines for Phase One of the Quality Schools Campaign

  3. Certification of Compliance with Australian Government Advertising Guidelines for Phase Two of the Quality Schools Campaign

    Created: 18 January 2018

    Certification of Compliance with Australian Government Advertising Guidelines for Phase Two of the Quality Schools Campaign

  4. How and when will schools move to new funding arrangements?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 8 May 2018

    How and when will schools move to new funding arrangements?

  5. How are schools funded in Australia?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 8 May 2018

    How are schools funded in Australia?

  6. How is the Government linking funding to the quality of Australia's schools?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 8 May 2018

    How is the Government linking funding to the quality of Australia's schools?

  7. How is the Government supporting access to preschool education?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 7 February 2018

    How is the Government supporting access to preschool education?

  8. How will a school's transition to new funding arrangements be calculated?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 8 May 2018

    How will a school's transition to new funding arrangements be calculated?

  9. Issues Paper for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

    Created: 6 September 2017

    In line with the terms of reference, an issues paper was prepared which described the context and objectives of the Review and posed a series of questions intended to stimulate...

  10. Media Release announcing the submission process

    Created: 6 September 2017

    Media Release announcing the submission process

  11. Members of the National School Resourcing Board

    Created: 30 October 2017  |  Last modified: 2 August 2018

    This document includes short biographies of the members of the National School Resourcing Board.

  12. National School Reform Agreement

    Created: 5 November 2018  |  Last modified: 14 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement

  13. National School Resourcing Board SES Review Final Report

    Created: 4 July 2018

    National School Resourcing Board SES Review Final Report

  14. New South Wales Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 7 November 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - New South Wales Bilateral Agreement

  15. Non-government Reform Support Fund Guidelines

    Created: 22 November 2017  |  Last modified: 27 February 2018

    Non-government Reform Support Fund Guidelines

  16. Northern Territory Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 6 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Northern Territory Bilateral Agreement

  17. Queensland Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 13 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Queensland Bilateral Agreement

  18. Review of the socio-economic status score methodology- Issues paper

    Created: 12 December 2017

    Review of the socio-economic status score methodology - Issues paper

  19. SES Score review media release

    Created: 13 December 2017

    SES Score review media release

  20. SFSF Review Report

    Created: 22 November 2017

    SFSF Review Report

  21. South Australia Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 5 November 2018  |  Last modified: 7 November 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - South Australia Bilateral Agreement

  22. Student Wellbeing, Engagement and Learning across the Middle Years

    Created: 24 October 2018

    The Australian Government has released the reports, "Student Wellbeing, Engagement and Learning across the Middle Years" and "The Effects on Schooling Outcomes of Early...

  23. SwD-Terms of reference

    Created: 6 November 2018

    The Australian Government has commissioned the National School Resourcing Board (the Board) to conduct a review of the settings of the loadings for students with disability.

  24. Tasmania Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 6 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Tasmania Bilateral Agreement

  25. Terms of Reference: Review of the socio-economic status score methodology

    Created: 31 October 2017

    Terms of Reference: Review of the socio-economic status score methodology  

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