Australian Government Accountability

Requirements under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.)

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Do you need to comply?

Yes, if your school receives funding from the Australian Government under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.).

Conditions of compliance

Independent schools receive funding from the Commonwealth government, through the Department of Education, under the requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.). In some cases, funding is provided to the school system authority.

The Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.) encompasses both financial and educational accountability.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

The Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.) has an objective that Australian schooling will provide a high quality and equitable education for all students.

From 1 January 2014, all Australian schools are required to implement the education reforms of the ‘Better Schools Plan,’ as articulated in the ‘National Plan for School Improvement’. NOTE: The Commonwealth government is now referring to ‘Students First’, rather than the ‘Better Schools Plan’.

The 5 areas of reform are:

  • Quality teaching
  • Quality learning
  • Meeting student need
  • Empowered school leadership
  • Transparency and accountability.

Under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.), a school commits to a number of initiatives and accountabilities. These include:

  • Implementing the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework
  • Providing staff with access to ongoing Professional Development consistent with the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders
  • Implementing the Australian Curriculum/AusVELS or an alternative curriculum formally approved by ACARA
  • Participating fully in the National Assessment Program
  • Providing School Census Data
  • Providing School Performance Data (to ACARA)
  • Completing an Annual Report and making it available publicly
  • Providing to parents a minimum of two compliant student reports annually
  • National reports on the outcome of schooling
  • Ensuring the school complies with relevant disability discrimination laws of the Commonwealth and Victoria
  • Financial reporting.

Schools will need to confirm that they have met these conditions of funding by completing an annual Compliance Certificate.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

If a school or system authority does not fulfil a condition, the Minister may seek repayment of an amount or reduce other amounts payable to the school or system authority or delay making any further payment to the authority.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School  Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Documents for Downloads

PDFPrincipal’s Checklist

PDFPerformance and Development for Teachers and School Leaders

PDFProfessional Learning

PDFImplementing a Curriculum

PDFNational Assessment Program

PDFStudent Reports

Links and Resources

External linkAus DET: Australian Education Act 2013

External linkAus DET: National Safe Schools Framework

External linkAITSL: Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework

External linkAITSL: Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders

PDFEducation Council: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015