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 now open!

The Panel invites all interested parties to put forward ideas on the quality reforms that are needed to drive improved student outcomes.

The submission process forms the primary consultation process of the Review and submissions will inform the final report and recommendations.

An issues paper has been prepared which describes the purpose and scope of the Review and poses a series of questions intended to stimulate thinking around how success should be defined and measured, what can be done to improve and how any barriers to improvement can be overcome. Submissions can be made via the online submission form.

Update: The public submissions process has been extended. Submissions can be made via the online submission form until 5:00 pm AEDST Thursday 2 November 2017.

Please note: there is a 3300 word limit for each submission. This word limit is inclusive of up to 300 words to provide a summary of the key points of your submission.

Public Submissions – FAQs

What is the timeframe for submissions?

Public submissions close 5:00 pm AEDST Thursday 2 November 2017. The submission process opened Monday 11 September 2017.

How do I complete a submission?

Submissions are to be made by filling out the online form. Before finalising your submission, be sure to check that you:

  • have read the issues paper and the Review's terms of reference
  • have provided evidence that directly relates to your key points
  • have outlined not only what the issues are but how problems can be addressed
  • have provided a summary of the key points in your submission
  • have indicated on the submission form if you do not want your submission published or if you want it published anonymously.

Please note that the fields in the form are text only and pictures or other attachments cannot be included.

Is there a word limit?

Yes, there is a 3300 word limit, inclusive of up to 300 words to provide a summary of the key points of your submission.

What happens to my submission once I hit submit?

You will receive an email that lets you know that we have received your submission. The ideas put forward through submissions will help to inform the final report for the Review.

Will my submission be made public? If so, when?

All submissions will be made public unless the author states via the online form that their submission is 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.

Submissions will be published on the department's website at the end of the Review.

What other ways can I engage with the Review?

The public submission process is the primary method of consultation for the Review.

You can register your email address to receive updates on the Review.

Will the Review focus on the recent school funding reforms?

The Review will not reconsider school funding calculations and distribution, early childhood or tertiary education. It will focus on practical measures that work, from Australia and around the world, to improve outcomes for Australia's school students.

Should you have any questions, or if you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email:  

Educationexcellencereview-submissions@education.gov.au

Background

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

For more information

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