The Gonski Review

In 2010, the Federal Government commissioned businessman David Gonski to review the way our schools (public and private) are funded and recommend a new model.

In¬†December 2011, the ‘Gonski Report’ was published, recommending significant changes to the way Australia funds it schools and calling for a $5 billion increase to school budgets.

Since then, the nation has waited for two things:

  1. The Federal Government to complete the additional work called for by Gonski.
  2. Figure out where the $5 billion would come from.

In April 2013, Prime Minister Gillard announced – unpopularly – that a chunk of the money would be taken¬† from the country’s university budgets and called on the state governments to all kick in.

The deal put to the states was poorly received, with all states and territories rejecting the Federal Government’s offer. With a mid-year deadline to sign on, we are still to see if anything will come from the Gonski Review, which has taken two years and underscored the Federal Labor Government’s grand plan for Australia’s schools. Update – As of June 18, three states have signed up, including SA. With the June 30 deadline looming, most jurisdictions are still not on board.

Click here to reads a Parent’ Perspective on Gonski, from School Post.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Click here to download the extended version.

“In 2009, Australia spent $39 billion in all schools. 75% of this paid our 249,000 teachers and 8,700 specialist staff.”

Gonski Review: Final Report

Fact Sheet: Funding Levels

Fact Sheet: Funding Loadings

The report into the funding of Australia’s schools.

The Federal Government’s fact sheet on the new per student funding.

The Federal Government’s fact sheet on the new loadings for disadvantage.


What do you think of Gonski?

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  1. Good article. I admit I had formed an opinion on this gonski thing but hadnt read it. It’s true to listen to the government this was going to fix everything but isn’t and even mr gonski says that. Is there any plan what to do with all this new money or will it be wasted.

    Comment by Alex — May 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  2. Private schools get most of their money from the government? How are they private then?

    Comment by Marty — May 23, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  3. We’re sending this to all our parents. I’ve worked in schools for 20 years and it takes a lot more than money to make a good school. Gonski just added up test scores and averaged their budgets? This is shocking. What about the quality leadership? What about the right teachers for the right class? And the school culture and involved parents? You can’t reduce a school to bucks spent and naplan scores.

    Comment by S.B — May 23, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  4. Is there any explanation why numbers of special needs children have gone up by so much?

    Comment by Mands — May 23, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

  5. WEll said gino. Give money direct to schools. Too many snouts in the trough at decd.

    Comment by Mike — May 24, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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