Australian School Funding Review Underway and Open to Public Participation

Canberra, Australia ( December 17, 2010

Australian School Funding Review Underway and Open to Public Participation

Australian School Funding Review Underway and Open to Public Participation

The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, and the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Jacinta Collins, today welcomed the release of an Emerging Issues paper on the Review of Funding for Schooling by the Review Panel, chaired by Mr David Gonski.

“This review is a once-in-a-generation chance to look at how our school funding arrangements can be made more transparent, fair, and financially sustainable.”

“Everyone in Australia has an interest in making our schools as good as possible and this Emerging Issues paper provides a common framework so parents, educators and the community can have their say about the issues that are important to them,” Mr Garrett said.

The Emerging Issues paper reflects views expressed during a recent listening tour conducted by the Panel, involving almost 70 schooling stakeholders.

The Panel has been meeting with government and non-government education authorities, Indigenous education and special education representatives, and parent, principal, teacher and union groups.

“School funding provides support for the 3.5 million Australian students each year, it is complex and there are many views on how it could be improved. That’s why it’s so important that we have this Independent Panel conducting this review.”

“The paper invites the community to make a submission before 31 March 2011 and I’d encourage everyone to take this opportunity to read the Emerging issues paper and have their say.”
“The Gillard Government’s aim is to improve the current school funding system to make it fairer and more open, because that is what parents and school communities want,” Senator Collins said.

“The Gillard Government wants to give every child a great education and we’re achieving this through our record funding to schools, the development of My School, and the implementation of the Australian Curriculum,” Minister Garrett said.

“The school funding review is the next step in delivering transparency, accountability and ultimately a sustainable school funding model for the future.”

“This process is not about taking money away from any school. Rather, the Emerging Issues paper released today is the next step in an open, balanced and thorough exchange with the community on this issue.”

More information about the Panel’s activities, including consultation opportunities, will be released over the next few months.

The emerging issues paper and further information on the review, including information on how to make a submission, can be found at

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