The Gonski Review was the most comprehensive investigation of the way schools are funded in almost 40 years.
Headed by respected business leader David Gonski, the review found too many schools did not have the resources needed to give every child a high quality education.
It said we urgently need to change the way we fund schools and invest more in them, including through:
More individual attention in the classroom
Extra specialist teachers in areas such as literacy and numeracy
Greater support for children with disabilities or special needs
Additional training and classroom support for teachers
Six year Gonski agreements have been signed with NSW, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT that will deliver fairer funding and a better education to students.
In the lead up to the September federal election, Tony Abbott made the following commitments on schools funding:
One third (four years) of the federal funding towards the five Gonski Agreements already signed; and
No Gonski agreements with the three jurisdictions yet to sign on (Queensland, Western Australia or the NT) would be pursued.
That makes our next steps in the campaign very clear - secure the full six year Gonski agreements in the states already signed on, and pressure the Coalition government to resume negotiations in Queensland, WA and the NT.