Victoria finally signed the Gonski 2.0 agreement, in a step that will inject the state government with an additional $7 billion in public schoolsCredit:Eddie Jim Australian Education Union Victorian branch of President Meredith Peace, while this was not the deal she hoped there would certainly be schools. The Prime Ministers and Prime Ministers of the Labour Party and the coalition expressed their commitment to public education and stressed their willingness to continue negotiations and conclude a new school funding agreement. NSW has made additional funds available to public schools, as they have signed the Gonski Agreement to ensure that the principles of sectoral funding that are truly tailored to all students are maintained throughout the state. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today that a school funding agreement has been reached with the federal government and that from next year, the NSW government would fund an additional $6.4 billion by 2027 for schools across the country, bringing the total state investment to $148 billion for public and non-public schools. “In the absence of this, the NSW government has stepped in to allocate additional funds to public schools to ensure that this historic funding agreement treats all NSW students fairly.” Faced with strong pressure to ensure the financial security of public, Catholic and independent schools, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he had no choice but to reach an agreement with the Commonwealth. It is clear that this will cost the state coffers an additional $7 billion over the duration of the bilateral agreement, which runs from 2019 to 2023. There is no breakdown of these additional funds per year. Victorian Education Minister James Merlino has finally reached a school funding agreement with the Commonwealth. “We simply have no choice if we sign this agreement, we must give financial security to schools and we will not put them in danger of missing out on all federal school funding,” he told the Journal du Dimanche. The key to a long-term agreement is the federal government`s contribution to the school resources of public schools – the basis of the Gonski exam.

Stokes said the agreement guaranteed fair funding for all schools, with the NSW government pledging to allocate additional funds to public education.