In light of the federal government’s recent political turmoil and leadership change, you may be wondering how the Gonski reforms detailed in the Better Schools: A National Plan for School Improvement scheme have been affected. Let us fill you in on the state of affairs as they now stand.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has said it will not sign up for Gonski unless the federal government contributes $7 billion — $4.3 billion more than what it has offered. He has also called for a change to the legislation that has already been passed to reduce the federal government’s power over how Victorian schools are run. Dr Napthine has promised Victorian schools $3.5 in state government funding even if the national funding bid fails.
New South Wales
In April, NSW became the first state to sign up for the Gonski school education forms, which would see NSW schools gain an extra $5 billion — more than any other state or territory.
Australian Capital Territory
In May, the ACT became the second jurisdiction to sign up for the Gonski school education forms, which would result in an extra $190 million in funding for ACT schools over six years.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says there has been no movement towards an agreement with the federal government over the Gonski reforms. He said that the state will not sign up until significant changes are made, including the reversal of federal higher education funding cuts, the assurance of long-term federal funding for kindergartens and the reduction of ‘red tape’ surrounding the Gonski proposal.