Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

Australia has an excellent education system but our plateauing or declining results highlight that while strong levels of investment are important, it’s more important to ensure that funding is being used on evidence-based initiatives that are proven to boost student results.

Evidence from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is clear that simply providing more funding does not in itself improve student outcomes. The OECD has found that for high-income countries like Australia it matters more how money is spent, than how much is spent.

A strong level of funding is necessary, and we have that, but what is more important is to ensure that funding is being used on initiatives proven to boost student results.

On 12 July 2017, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training announced membership of the panel:

  • Mr David Gonski AC (Chair)

  • Dr Ken Boston AO

  • Mr Terrey Arcus AM

  • Ms Valerie Gould

  • Ms Wendy Johnson

  • Dr Lisa O’Brien

  • Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM

  • Mr Michael Roberts

The Review will build an evidence base to ensure funding is used in ways that make a difference to student outcomes.

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The following factsheets provide more information:

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

Review panel members

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