school funding


11 Feb 2018

This report argues that the Commonwealth should not use the extra money it is spending on schools as an excuse to intervene more broadly in school education.


8 Jan 2018

This quick guide provides links to essential resources relating to Australian schooling, policy and administrative frameworks, and numerous state and territory government websites.

Policy report

12 Dec 2017

Looking at over a decade of education expenditure, it is clear that governments are not approaching education investment in a coherent and thoughtful way. We see ad hoc, piecemeal spending across the system.

Research report

12 Dec 2017

The Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) to prepare a research paper on the Socio-Economic Status (SES) score methodology. The SES score is used to allocate Australian...

Discussion paper

12 Dec 2017

Socio-economic status (SES) scores provide a relative ranking of all non-government schools based on the income, education and occupation characteristics of the areas in which students at each school reside. The National School Resourcing Board is calling for written submissions to inform their consideration of...


6 Dec 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess the arrangements established by the Department of Education and Training to monitor the impact of Australian government school funding.

Research report

14 Oct 2017

This report argues that schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results.


25 Sep 2017

This AEU inquiry submission argues that a significant shortfall of federal funding for public schools will magnify the stark disadvantages and under-resourcing that already disproportionately threaten regional, rural and remote public schools around Australia.


14 Feb 2017

The highlight of the TJ Ryan Foundation’s 3rd anniversary event was a keynote address from Dr Ken Boston, former Director-General of Education in South Australia and New South Wales, and member of the Gonski Review panel. Dr Boston spoke on the topic of 'Gonski Report:...

Research report

6 Sep 2016

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) and school education bear on the wellbeing and quality of life of young Australians as well as on the capabilities and productivity of Australia’s future labour force. Recognising this, Australian governments have committed to national education goals that emphasise...

Research report

29 Apr 2016

This report was commissioned by the Australian Education Union to examine the economic case in favour of the full implementation of the school funding reforms outlined by the Review of School Funding (Gonski Review).

Australia has been recognised as consistently outperforming most OECD countries...

Research report

9 Mar 2016

Examines whether the Department of Education & Training (DET), non-government schools and their system administrators are effectively and efficiently managing and using grants.

Summary Non-government schools provide education to around 334 000 Victorian school children, which represents around 37 per cent of all...

Research report

20 Feb 2012

Released to the public on 20 February 2012, this report on a review chaired by David Gonski, is the culmination of the first significant schools funding review since the Whitlam Government.

In 2010 the Australian Government commissioned a Review of Funding for Schooling. Chaired...

Research report

26 Sep 2006

Australia has developed arrangements for public funding of our schools that are radical by international standards. The hardest tasks are being given to the public sector, but without the commensurate share of public resources. Lyndsay Connors asks how can we best position ourselves to deal...

Research report

15 Mar 2004

The considerable debate since 1996 about Commonwealth expenditure on schools has been driven by policy changes that have significantly restructured Commonwealth funding and influenced the relative funding share between the government and non-government schools sectors. In this Research Note Marilyn Harrington briefly explains these policy...

Briefing paper

29 Feb 2004

Updating an earlier research note, Marilyn Harrington briefly explains the system of Commonwealth funding for schools and describes some of the trends in Commonwealth funding for schools since 1996.