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South Australia commits to national reforms for schools


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The South Australian Government has committed to better outcomes for its students by today signing up to a new National School Reform Agreement.

The National Agreement has been developed through COAG’s Education Council, and is informed by David Gonski’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, which found that Australia should reform its school system to ensure every child realises their full learning potential.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the bilateral agreement set out the concrete actions that South Australia would take to improve student outcomes.

“This agreement confirms that school reform must focus on driving individual student achievement and equipping teachers with the right tools in the classroom,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Morrison Government has delivered record school funding for state schools, for Catholic schools and for Independent schools. Now we must all focus on improving performance and results for students, no matter what school they attend.
“I continue to negotiate bilateral agreements with the other states and territories in good faith and hope to finalise them all soon.”

South Australian Minister for Education John Gardner said the funding boost for South Australia schools would build on the Marshall Liberal Government’s record investment in education.

“By working with the Morrison Government, we are providing funding certainty for schools across South Australia,” Mr Gardner said.

“The Morrison Government’s increased funding from $1.3 billion in 2018 to over $2 billion in 2029 will deliver better outcomes for South Australian children as we modernise our education system, and will be complemented by more than $700 million of increased state government funding over the period to 2026-27 for government schools.

“The funding is on top of the $1 billion capital investment in public schools the Marshall Liberal Government made in the 2018/19 State Budget.”

The Morrison Government is providing a record $20.4 billion in recurrent funding to all South Australia schools from 2018 to 2029.

The agreement can be found at