School funding

NARROWER TERMS


Discussion paper

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...
Working paper

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.
Working paper

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.
Working paper

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.
Briefing paper

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.
Policy report

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...
Briefing paper

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.
Report

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...
Report

Victorian schools: determining and distributing funding

This paper looks at funding flows from the Australian and Victorian governments to government and non-government schools.
Commentary

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.
Commentary

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.
Policy report

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

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.
Report

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...
Policy report

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...
Report

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.
Commentary

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?
Commentary

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.
Commentary

The Piccoli prescription

The former NSW education minister says Australia has a cultural problem when it comes to schooling.
Report

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.