Equity and excellence in Australian schools

9 July 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-010-0

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 15KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 12KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 30KB)
Recommendations (PDF 21KB)
Tables and Figures (PDF 11KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
Chapter 1 - Conduct of the inquiry (PDF 83KB)

Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - History of Australian Government funding of schools (PDF 252KB)

National Education Agreement
Reviews of School Funding

Chapter 3 - States and territories and school funding (PDF 183KB)

Division of funding between states and the Commonwealth
Overall school funding

Chapter 4 - The economic effect of school funding policy (PDF 151KB)

Committee comment

Chapter 5 - Rudd/Gillard Governments' school funding reforms (PDF 345KB)

The National Plan for School Improvement
Implementing the new funding model
The Schooling Resource Standard
Funding under the NPSI
Arrangements with non-government schools
Funding for government schools in non-participating States or Territories
Accountability and transparency
Arrangements with individual States and Territories

Chapter 6 (PDF 101KB)

Implementing the Abbott Government's school funding arrangements
Level of funding
New Commonwealth funding model
Arrangements in non-participating jurisdictions

Chapter 7 - Comparing school funding policy arrangements (PDF 478KB)

Comparing NPSI and Students First: funding
Commonwealth spending cuts of approximately $30 billion
Committee comment

Chapter 8 - The effect of changes to school funding arrangements (PDF 403KB)

The effects of funding uncertainty
Committee comment
Disability loadings
Committee comment
Proposed amendments to the Australian Education Act
Committee comment
Accountability and transparency around provision of funding
Committee comment
Transparency around future funding levels
Committee comment
Committee comment
Need for ongoing scrutiny of the effect of changes to school funding arrangements
Committee comment

Chapter 9 - Conclusion (PDF 49KB)

Committee comment

Australian Greens Additional Comments (PDF 50KB)

Federal negotiation process
Australian Education Act 2013 implementation
School funding under the Abbott Government

Government Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 265KB)

Reviewing the Gonski Report and its implementation
Education reforms that matter
Conclusion: Future debate for real education reform in Australia

Appendix 1 - Submissions received by the committee (PDF 44KB)
Appendix 2 - Additional information and answers to questions on notice received by the committee (PDF 40KB)
Appendix 3 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 25KB)
Appendix 4 - National Education Reform Agreement – NSW Budget 2013-14, Additional Funding Breakdown (PDF 80KB)
Appendix 5 - National Education Reform Agreement 2013 (PDF 1179KB)
Appendix 6 - Extract from answer to question on notice no. 7, Budget Estimates, 4 June 2014 – Department of Education (PDF 125KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Select Committee on School Funding
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3419
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809