What is Gonski 2.0?

Gonski 2.0 has been widely used in the media as a term for the Australian Government’s school funding legislative changes passed on 23 June 2017. Amendments to the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) passed through the Federal Parliament to give effect to the Australian Government’s Quality Schools package.

The term Gonski 2.0 is in reference to the previous work of Mr David Gonski AC as the author of  the Review of Funding for Schooling – Final Report Dec 2011, commissioned by the Federal Minister for Education in 2010.  Commonly referred to as the Gonski Review, the review examined the school funding system in Australia and made a set of recommendations to the federal, state and territory governments.

For this initial review Mr David Gonski AC and a panel of experts were asked to make recommendations about the development and funding of a system which is transparent, fair, financially sustainable and effective in promoting excellent educational outcomes for all 3.5 million Australian school students.  The previous government’s National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI) was the vehicle for implementing a national needs-based funding model grounded in the findings of the Gonski Review.

Mr David Gonski AC has now been asked to Chair a new review called the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. This Review has been commissioned by the Turnbull government to build the evidence base needed to ensure the additional funding provided by the Australian Government is spent on proven initiatives that make a difference to student outcomes.

The Review will not reconsider the calculation of Commonwealth or state funding for schools, which was the subject of the 2011 Review of Funding for Schooling. The Turnbull Government has accepted the fundamental recommendations of the 2011 Review regarding needs based distribution of funding and is now acting on the advice that further work be undertaken on quality reforms.

For the Review Mr David Gonski AC will be supported by an expert panel, including:

  • Dr Ken Boston AO
  • Mr Terrey Arcus AM
  • Dr Lisa O’Brien
  • Ms Valerie Gould
  • Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM
  • Ms Wendy Johnson
  • Mr Michael Roberts

The Review Panel will consult widely with the education community to inform its advice to the Australian Government. States, territories and the non-government sector will be consulted regarding the quality reforms that are needed to drive improved student outcomes.

The Review will be finalised by March 2018 to inform the Australian Government’s national agreement and the bilateral reform plans with states and territories, and inform all governments on how to get the best outcomes from schools and systems.

For more information, including the Terms of Reference for the Review, visit

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