The information on this page helps you learn about school funding and reform arrangements. The Quality Schools funding arrangements provide funding to schools and school systems based on student and school need.
The Australian Government is delivering record funding to schools – growing from $18.7 billion in 2018 to $33.0 billion in 2029. On average, funding for each student will grow by 4.3% each year over this period (from a 2017 base).
New funding arrangements will help teachers get the resources they need to support Australian students to achieve their best.
By 2029, students with the same need in the same sector will attract the same level of support from the Commonwealth.
Funding arrangements are tied to reforms in the National School Reform Agreement, a joint agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lift student outcomes across Australian schools.
Read the Quality Schools factsheets for more information.
All Australian families should have choice and equity in education.
There are a number of ways funding models are reviewed and implemented to make sure this happens:
- The Capacity to contribute policy ensures more funding flows to the schools that need it the most
- The $1.2 billion Choice and Affordability Fund is helping to ensure that Australian families have choice in education
- The National School Resourcing Board:
- Reviews parts of the funding model in the Australian Education Act 2013
- Assesses the compliance of states, territories and other approved authorities with their requirements under the Act
- The Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools made sure the national reform agenda is based on the best evidence available of what works.
- Read the final report of the Review Panel: Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools