Review of state and territory compliance with section 22A (State-Territory contributions) of the Australian Education Act 2013

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On 2 June 2020, the National School Resourcing Board (the Board) delivered its final report: Annual Review of state and territory compliance with section 22A of the Australian Education Act 2013 for the 2018 funding year.

The board is required to conduct an annual review of state and territory compliance with section 22A of the Act. Section 22A of the Act states that as a condition of Commonwealth financial assistance, states and territories are required to meet minimum school funding contributions. These are set out in their Bilateral Agreements with the Commonwealth under the National School Reform Agreement.

The Board was asked to consider and assess state and territory compliance with section 22A of the Act for the 2018 funding year, while taking into account:

  • the terms of Bilateral Agreements with individual jurisdictions under the National School Reform Agreement
  • mitigating and contributing factors that have contributed to any non-compliance, and
  • timing of state budget processes and impact on compliance and reporting arrangements.

On 23 July 2020, the Australian Government announced its response to the Board’s review.

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