OECD report

The latest OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report shows the Turnbull Government is spending less than the OECD average on public education, posing serious challenges for the low-growth trajectory of the Government’s schools funding plan, the Australian Education Union said.

“With the report showing Australian Government spending at 3.9 per cent of GDP being less than the OECD average, there is no doubt that our schools are under-resourced,” Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe said.

“Simon Birmingham can claim increases in school funding, but the objective evidence in this report suggests his watered-down Gonski plan will fail to lift Australia in the international rankings, or meet the needs of thousands of children in Australian public schools.”