It is looking increasingly unlikely that the Turnbull government will be able to obtain changes to legislation that would destroy the Gonski schools funding model.
Security of the existing legislation has strengthened following the Xenophon team committing to opposing any changes in federal parliament to the Australian Education Act (2013) that would threaten the Gonski funding model. See letter from Nick Xenophon here.
Without the ability to change the legislation the federal government will have to try to reach agreements with the states and territories, but all state and territory ministers (bar Western Australia) are adamant in their support of the Gonski model and oppose the Turnbull/Birmingham plan. They gave their support for the Gonski model both ahead of and following a meeting of the Education Council (all state and territory education ministers and the federal minister) last Friday.
Ahead of the Education Council meeting in Adelaide, the Australian Education Union held a reception for ministers and their advisers. Two South Australian principals talked about what Gonski meant for their schools.
The AEU also met shadow education minister with Tanya Plibersek and Greens’ spokesperson on education Sarah Hanson-Young who both restated their commitment to defend the Gonski model.
After the Education Council meeting, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli gave the following commitment to defending needs based funding in NSW: