The National School Reform Agreement

The National School Reform Agreement, which commenced in 2019, sets out reforms in areas where national collaboration will have the greatest impact on lifting student outcomes across Australian schools. On 29 March 2023, the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education announced the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System (the Review) to advise on the reform priorities which should be included in the next Agreement. To allow for the Review to take place, the current Agreement was extended for 12 months to 31 December 2024.

First Ministers signed the Variation Agreement extending the National School Reform Agreement.

This Agreement builds on existing national and local initiatives in each state and territory, and ensures that funding is invested in programs that will achieve outcomes.

The Agreement has been agreed by the Commonwealth and all states. It is supported by bilateral agreements which can be found on the Department of Education website.

Prior to 2019 the National Education Reform Agreement set out the shared objective that Australian schooling should provide high quality and equitable education for all students. This was agreed by the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. The National Education Reform Agreement also replaced the National Education Agreement.