Quality Schools Package

The Australian Government is delivering school funding and reform arrangements that focus on what students need to be their best.

The Australian Government is delivering record funding to schools – from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $32.4 billion in 2029.

Every child deserves a quality education and we want teachers to have the support they need to lift outcomes for our students and help them feel ready for whatever the future holds.

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

Information on what this means for non-government schools is in the Quality Schools package factsheet.

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.

The Commonwealth continues to grow its investment in Australian Schools. In 2013, we invested nearly $13 billion in government and non-government schools. By 2029, that investment will have grown to over $32 billion each year.

Over 2018 to 2029, total Commonwealth investment in schools will increase by 84.8 per cent from a 2017 base. On average, funding for each student will grow by 4.1 per cent each year over this period.

Schools and students that need the most additional resources will get the biggest funding increases in the fastest time period. By 2029, 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.

The Government 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.

The National School Reform Agreement sets out eight national policy initiatives in areas where national collaboration will have the greatest impact.

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.

Results

  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 Three of the Quality Schools Campaign

    Created: 25 January 2019

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

  4. 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

  5. Communique Direct Income measure Technical Working Group (meeting five)

    Created: 23 May 2019

    A summary of discussion from the Direct Income Measure Technical Working Group.

  6. Communique Direct Income measure Technical Working Group (meeting four)

    Created: 1 May 2019

    A summary of discussion from the Direct Income Measure Technical Working Group

  7. Communique Direct Income measure Technical Working Group (meeting three)

    Created: 3 April 2019

    A summary of discussion from the Direct Income Measure Technical Working Group

  8. Growth to Achievement: on-demand resources for teachers

    Created: 6 March 2019

    Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment concept paper - Growth to Achievement: on-demand resources for teachers concept paper by Christine Cawsey AM, Laureate...

  9. How and when will schools move to the Quality Schools funding arrangements?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 12 April 2019

    How and when will schools move to the Quality Schools funding arrangements?

  10. How are schools funded in Australia?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 12 April 2019

    How are schools funded in Australia?

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

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 12 April 2019

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

  12. How is the Government supporting reform efforts in Catholic and Independent schools?

    Created: 13 July 2017  |  Last modified: 12 April 2019

    How is the Government supporting reform efforts in Catholic and Independent schools?

  13. 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...

  14. Media Release announcing the submission process

    Created: 6 September 2017

    Media Release announcing the submission process

  15. 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.

  16. National School Reform Agreement

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

    National School Reform Agreement

  17. National School Resourcing Board SES Review Final Report

    Created: 4 July 2018

    National School Resourcing Board SES Review Final Report

  18. New South Wales Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 7 November 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - New South Wales Bilateral Agreement

  19. Non-government Reform Support Fund Guidelines

    Created: 22 November 2017  |  Last modified: 8 April 2019

    Non-government Reform Support Fund Guidelines

  20. Northern Territory Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 6 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Northern Territory Bilateral Agreement

  21. Queensland Bilateral Agreement

    Created: 13 December 2018

    National School Reform Agreement - Queensland Bilateral Agreement

  22. Review of needs-based funding requirements terms of reference

    Created: 11 April 2019  |  Last modified: 12 April 2019

    The National School Resourcing Board has been commissioned to conduct a review of the Australian Education Act’s needs-based funding requirements for approved system authorities.

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

    Created: 12 December 2017

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

  24. SES Score review media release

    Created: 13 December 2017

    SES Score review media release

  25. SFSF Review Report

    Created: 22 November 2017

    SFSF Review Report

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