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.

The Panel for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by Mr David Gonski AC, has been commissioned to examine evidence and make recommendations on how school funding should be used to improve school performance and student outcomes.

The final report and recommendations will be provided to Government by March 2018.

Public Submissions process has now closed

The panel thanks all who have provided a submission to the Review.

All submissions will be published on the department’s website at the end of the Review unless the author stated via the online form that their submission was to remain confidential. The department reserves the right to edit or redact part or all of a submission, or withhold a submission from publication, if it believes that the content of the submission is defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination or anti-vilification law or otherwise breaches any law.


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

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