Gonski 2.0

Filling the pail

Australia has quite a complicated school funding model that sits across both state and federal governments. A few years ago, the then Labor government appointed David Gonski to chair a committee to make recommendations on funding reform. Gonski suggested a needs-based funding system to replace the series of different deals that existed at the time. However, Labor immediately committed to ensuring that no individual school would lose money under the subsequent plans, a move that both increased costs and confounded the needs-based principle.

Since the election of a (centre-right) Coalition federal government in 2013, there have been suggestions that Gonski would be abandoned. Last week, the government surprised many by announcing “Gonski 2.0” – a model that some would argue is closer to the original aims of Gonski, complete with a real-terms increase in funding and a new review by the man himself that will look into how additional funding should be…

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