Schools Funding Review

Bracks Review into Government School Funding

To help deliver on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State – and in light of the Commonwealth’s decision not to honour the final two years of the Gonski funding deal – the Victorian Government asked former Premier, the Hon Steve Bracks AC, to do a comprehensive review of school funding.

The Review was required to consider:

  • how government school funding is currently allocated and used
  • Commonwealth contributions to government school funding in Victoria
  • how the Student Resource Package is calculated, constructed and distributed
  • how to make sure the system is clear and transparent for principals and school communities on school funding and how it is determined.

On 3 April 2016, the Victorian Government released the Government Schools Funding Review (the Bracks Review). The Review sets out 70 wide-ranging recommendations for reforming our school funding system.

You are invited to read the Review:

A brief summary of the Review is also available:

Response to the Bracks Review into Government School Funding

The Government's response to the Bracks Review into Government School Funding focuses on the following four important reform directions that were major themes in the Bracks Review and which build on the Education State schools reform agenda:

  • Working towards the shared goal of improving outcomes for all students. This goal unites students, schools and sectors and is guided by the Education State targets to focus our efforts across the system
  • Providing better information for all about school funding, performance and student outcomes used to encourage collaboration, drive school improvement and strengthen accountability
  • Targeting funding and resources to students in need in pursuit of both excellence and equity, allocating resources efficiently and effectively
  • Strengthening the school system by increasing support for schools, encouraging collaboration and increasing capability, accompanied by enhancing school accountability through stronger oversight. 

To read the Government's response in full see: