GST distribution and state investment needs
This paper explains how the Commission assesses state investment needs by using schools investment as an example. It provides a step-by-step guide to the assessment method, and highlights the influence of user-populations and what states collectively spend on infrastructure types.
Review of Effective Enrolment: final report
This review report aims to provide options on alternative methodologies to allocate a funding pool to schools based on student numbers, as part of the broader School Resourcing Model allocation.
Ensuring choice: a mechanism to control non-government school fees
Australia has one of the highest proportions of students enrolled in non-government schools in the OECD. Over the last decade, fees at independent schools have risen by over 50% nationwide - far outstripping both inflation and wage growth, and creating an affordability crisis for families...
Labor's Gonski model: the national plan for school improvement
This working paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Gonski funding model by the Labor Government in 2013. It analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the model.
A review of the Gonski school funding inquiry and report
This working paper is a comprehensive review of the original Gonski Inquiry and its report on school funding in Australia. It analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the funding model recommended by the report.
The unwinding of Gonksi - Part 3: Morrison abandons needs-based funding
This paper provide a comprehensive review of how the Morrison Government completed the demolition of the Gonski school funding model begun by the Abbott Government and continued by the Turnbull Government.
Over-funding of private schools to increase while public schools remain under-funded
This paper provides new estimates of the over-funding of private schools provided by the Morrison Government. They are based on data published last year by Senate Estimates. The paper also provides new estimates of the under-funding of public schools.
Dollars and sense: time for smart reform of Australian school funding
This paper reviews the state of school funding in Australia, bringing together research from international comparisons based on OECD data sources, Australian school-level data, international research literature, and policy documents. It explores how and why the persistent increases in school funding in Australia have failed...
The private school funding model is deeply flawed: a new approach is needed
This paper argues that the new method of determining Commonwealth government funding of private schools is littered with flaws.
Management of the Student Resource Package
In Victoria, almost 64 per cent of students are educated in a government school. The Student Resource Package’s (SRP) objectives include improving the targeting of resources by aligning them to student learning needs. This audit examines if the Department of Education and Training accurately allocates...
Victorian schools: determining and distributing funding
This paper looks at funding flows from the Australian and Victorian governments to government and non-government schools.
Less choice, less affordability: the private school subsidy paradox
The decades-long expansion of public funding to private schools has done the opposite of what its proponents claim.
Everyone loses when schools are segregated ... but some more than others
Only fifteen minutes from Parliament House, four Canberra schools reveal the growing segregation in Australian education — and how government policy is at its heart.
What do parents want from schools?
This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing, based on a survey of Australian parents that reveals the areas of importance to them—and how they and their children could be better served by the education system.
Policy initiative: Fully funded public schools
For too long, Labor and Liberal Governments have made special deals with private schools that continue to see public schools underfunded. The Greens are the party of public education and are committing to the largest investment in public education of any party.
Review of the socio-economic status score methodology: final report
This report examines how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated for non-government schools, which informs the base level of taxpayer funding they receive. The report recommends technical changes to one element of the formula used to distribute funding for non-government schools and systems, based on...
What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
This report argues that the 'Gonski 2 Review' into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be...
Grants to non-government schools
This audit tested a sample of grants provided to non‑government schools under all major schemes, and found that the NSW Department of Education consistently allocates and distributes grants in line with its methodology.
Has Gonski stepped outside the square?
The second Gonski report has been presented to the federal government, and will soon to be made public. Will it back innovative ideas to improve schools — and if it does, will it get the support it needs?
Catholic schools aren’t all the same, and Gonski 2.0 reflects this
Catholic schools say they're losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
The Commonwealth’s role in improving schools
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.
Formative evaluation of the Principal Recruitment Allowance
New Zealand's Principal Recruitment Allowance is an allowance available to boards of trustees in schools which face significant challenges and have a principal vacancy. This formative evaluation seeks to understand how a programme is operating and inform decision making aimed at improvement.
The Socio-Economic Status (SES) score methodology used in recurrent school funding arrangements
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...
Expenditure on education and training in Australia 2017: update and analysis
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.
Review of the socio-economic status score methodology: issues paper
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...