About this inquiry

On 12 December 2013 the Senate referred the following matter to the Select Committee on School Funding to inquire into and report on the development and implementation of national school funding arrangements and school reform.

Submissions should be received by 21 March 2014. The reporting date is 26 June 2014. On 26 June 2014, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 9 July 2014.



Past Public Hearings

16 May 2014: Canberra, ACT
01 May 2014: SYDNEY, NSW
30 Apr 2014: Adelaide, SA

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Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

Accessibility

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Representative sample of campaign submissions

The committee received over 2500 submissions from individual principals, teachers, parents, students and community members through a campaign run by the Australian Education Union. Due to the large number of submissions received the committee decided  to publish a representative sample and to table the entirety in Parliament.

In general, these submissions raised the disparity in funding received between private and public schools and the difficulty in adequately resourcing public schools with the funding that is currently appropriated. Many of the submissions called for the entire six years of funding for the National Plan for School Improvement to be provided to schools and that this funding should also be provided on a needs basis to effectively support, for example, regional schools and schools with children with disabilities.

The submissions are categorised as follows:

ACT: 65 total submissions
Committee selection comprises:                              
Secondary Teacher         (PDF 2KB)
Parent/Teacher                (PDF 2KB
Parent/Teacher                (PDF 3KB

NSW: 2236 total submissions
Committee selection comprises:                              
Teacher                           (PDF 2KB
Pre-service teacher          (PDF 2KB
Retired principal               (PDF 2KB
Retired principal/Parent    (PDF 3KB
Parent/Assistant principal (PDF 2KB)

NT: 1 total submission
Unable to publish as submitter requested confidentiality

QLD: 274 total submissions
(A majority of these have already been published as they were submissions from principals on behalf of their schools)Committee selection comprises:                              
Parent                        (PDF 2KB)
Individual                   (PDF 2KB
Teacher                     (PDF 2KB)
Teacher/Parent          (PDF 2KB)
Disability teacher       (PDF 2KB

SA: 59 total submissions
Committee selection comprises:                              
Retired teacher            (PDF 2KB
Teacher/parent            (PDF 3KB)
Parent                         (PDF 3KB
Retired principal          (PDF 6KB

TAS: 31 total submissions
A majority of these have already been published as they were submissions from principals on behalf of their schools.

VIC: 449 total submissions
Committee selection comprises:                              
Teacher/parent            (PDF 3KB
Teacher                       (PDF 3KB
Parent                         (PDF 2KB)  
Disability Teacher        (PDF 4KB)  

WA: 91 total submissions
Committee selection comprises:                              
Ex-Teacher                (PDF 4KB
Parent                        (PDF 3KB)
Teacher                      (PDF 5KB)
Parent of a child with a disability (PDF 3KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555
Fax: +61 2 6277 3899
seniorclerk.committees.sen@aph.gov.au

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