The National School Reform Agreement is a joint agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lift student outcomes across Australian schools.
Reflecting the long-standing practice of collaboration between all governments to deliver school education, the National School Reform Agreement sets out 8 national policy initiatives against 3 reform directions that all parties have agreed to implement across the 5 years to December 2023.
The Agreement has been informed by the findings and recommendations of:
- the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools
- the Independent Review of Regional, Rural and Remote Education and
- the Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships report of the STEM Partnerships Forum.
For further detail on the National School Reform Agreement, see the National School Reform Agreement fact sheet and the national policy initiatives fact sheets.
National Policy Initiatives
- A(i) and A(ii): Online Formative Assessment Initiative
- A(iii): Review of senior secondary pathways
- B(i): Reviewing teacher workforce needs
- B(ii): Strengthening the initial teacher education accreditation system
- C(i): National Unique Student Identifier for school students
- C(ii): Australian Education Research Organisation
- C(iii): Improving national data quality
For further information on implementation of the national policy initiatives, see the 2019 progress report.
States and territories are also required to have a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth that sets out state-specific actions to improve student outcomes. Bilateral agreements include activities that support particular student cohorts such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students in regional, rural and remote areas, students with disability and students from a low-SES background.
- South Australia – signed on 5 November 2018
- New South Wales – signed on 7 November 2018
- Western Australia – signed on 3 December 2018
- Northern Territory – signed on 5 December 2018
- Tasmania – signed on 6 December 2018
- Australian Capital Territory – signed on 6 December 2018
- Queensland – revised on 17 June 2021
- Victoria – signed on 17 June 2019
Bilateral agreements also set out minimum state and territory funding contribution requirements as a condition of receiving Commonwealth school funding. Reporting guidance has been developed to assist states and territories to report on their funding contributions. For further information on implementation of the state-specific actions, see the 2019 progress reports below
2019 Progress reports
- South Australia 2019 Progress Report
- New South Wales 2019 Progress Report
- Western Australia 2019 Progress Report
- Northern Territory 2019 Progress Report
- Tasmania 2019 Progress Report
- Australian Capital Territory 2019 Progress Report
- Queensland 2019 Progress Report
- Victoria 2019 Progress Report
Further information can be found in the Quality Schools frequently asked questions