Review of Funding for Schooling

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The Australian Government commissioned the independent Review of Funding for Schooling in 2010 to assess how funding arrangements in Australia were impacting on student performance. The review, led by Australian businessmen David Gonski, was the first analysis of school funding in almost 40 years.

The review panel received more than 7000 submissions, visited 39 schools and consulted 71 key education groups across Australia.

The panel presented its final report to the Australian Government in late 2011, at which time the Government began consulting with communities around the country about the report and the future of school funding.

Final Report of the Review of Funding for Schooling

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Recommendations from the review

The review found existing school funding arrangements were not meeting the education needs of all Australian children, with many schools—particularly those with larger populations of disadvantaged students—missing out on necessary resources.

The central recommendation of the review was to fund schools according to student need by providing a base payment for every student, with loadings for students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Indigenous students, students with limited English skills and students with disability—as well as extra money for small schools and schools in regional, rural and remote areas .

The Government has developed the Better Schools Plan with a new model for school funding so that schools will be able to access the resources they need to get better results for the children they teach.

Other reports issued by the review panel

Table showing the work underway following the Government’s initial response to the Review of Funding for Schooling final report

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On 16 December 2010, the panel released a Review of Funding for Schooling: Emerging Issues Paper  that summarises the views presented by stakeholders during the initial listening tour.

Review of Funding for Schooling Emerging Issues Paper

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On 31 August 2011, the panel released its Paper on Commissioned Research, to present four commissioned research papers.

Paper on Commissioned Research

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