Frequently Asked Questions
How did the panel come up with the recommendations?
The Review was conducted by a panel of eight members, chaired by Mr David Gonski AC. The panel consulted broadly and considered national and international research. The panel received 279 submissions from schools, teachers, students, parents, education experts, stakeholders from across the education system and other interested parties. The panel examined this input for the final report, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, identifying three priorities and 23 recommendations across five areas.
What are the next steps?
The Government supports the recommendations in the report in-principle and has referred it to the Education Council of the Council of Australian Governments.
How much will it cost to implement the recommendations in the report, and who is going to pay for them?
Education Ministers will consider the recommendations as part of negotiating a new national schooling agreement, including the scope of reforms and responsibility for implementation. The Australian Government has invested an additional $243.5 billion in recurrent school funding over the next ten years.
What does this report mean for my child?
The purpose of the Review was to ensure that record levels of school funding is spent on what the evidence shows will improve students’ learning. The report makes recommendations targeted at laying the foundations for learning, and equipping every student to grow and succeed in a changing world.
What does it mean for teachers?
The report makes recommendations targeted at creating, supporting and valuing a profession of expert educators, and empowering and supporting school leaders.
Will recommendations be implemented in independent and Catholic schools as well as government schools?
Education ministers will consider the recommendations as part of negotiating a new national agreement and new bilateral agreements. These will cover all schools, both government and non-government.
When will implementation of the recommendations commence?
Education ministers will consider the recommendations as part of negotiating a new national agreement and new bilateral agreements. These will cover all schools, both government and non-government. The Council of Australian Governments agreed to conclude the agreement by September 2018.