Annual review of state and territory funding contributions

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Under the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act), the Board is required to conduct an annual review of state and territory compliance with section 22A of the Act. 

Section 22A of the Act states that as a condition of Commonwealth financial assistance, states and territories are required to meet minimum school funding contributions. These are set out in their Bilateral Agreements with the Commonwealth under the National School Reform Agreement.

The terms of reference for the review ask the Board to take into account:

  • the terms of Bilateral Agreements with individual jurisdictions under the National School Reform Agreement
  • mitigating and contributing factors that have contributed to any non-compliance, and
  • timing of state budget processes and impact on compliance and reporting arrangements.

2019 Review

In January 2021, the Board commenced its review of state and territory funding contributions for the 2019 (calendar year) funding and is  due to report to government on 30 June 2021

2018 Review

On 23 July 2020, the Australian Government announced its response  to the Board’s review of the 2018 (calendar year) funding.

A copy of the Board’s report and Australian Government response can be found here: