On March 19, 2014 the St Vincent de Paul Society made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding outlining its belief that education plays a critical role in the training and development of Australians, preparing them for participation in a modern economy. The 2011 Review of Funding for Schooling (“the Review”), popularly known as the Gonski review, was a thorough and rigorous look at our current school funding models, with recommendations on how to improve them. The Society has consistently supported the reforms proposed by the Review. Maintaining the current level of inequality in education resources is a recipe for entrenching social exclusion and perpetuating privilege. The social and economic costs of exclusion will always be higher than a proper and equitable investment in education.
Outcome of the Inquiry
The Senate Select Committee on School Funding tabled its report, Equity and Excellence in Australian Schools, on July 9, 2014.