Current Issues

The latest information and updates on current issues and developments affecting the Australian school policy landscape.


New funding arrangements for Independent schools announced 20 Sept 2018

On 20 September 2018 the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced new school funding arrangements. This a summary of those arrangements, based on ISCA’s current understanding of the announced measures.

The National School Resourcing Board Review of the SES score methodology: Australian Government Response

The Australian Government response accepting six recommendations made by the National School Resourcing Board.

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

The Department of Education and Training ‘s webpage outlining the David Gonski led Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. Contains a link to  the review’s final report, terms of reference, review panel members and an issues paper. ISCA’s submission can be found here.

Review of the socio-economic status score methodology 

The Australian Government established the National School Resourcing Board to provide greater independent oversight over Commonwealth school funding. The Board will undertake reviews of different parts of the funding model. Its first review considered how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated and the way in which a non-government school’s capacity to contribute to the running costs of their school is assessed. On 29 June 2018, the Board submitted its report to Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.
The next review expected to be undertaken by the Board will focus on the loading which delivers additional funding for students with disability, and the needs-based funding arrangements of approved system authorities.

Quality Schools

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training‘s webpage outlining the Australian Government’s Quality Schools package. Also contains a useful FAQ page and several Quality Schools Fact Sheets.

Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0

An ISCA overview of the Australian school funding changes that will come into effect in 2018 (also contains a downloadable pdf option).

What is Gonski 2.0?

An ISCA explainer on what exactly is meant by the term Gonski 2.0 which has been widely used in the media but is not an official term.



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