(Report 12: 2017–18)
Australia's student performance has been declining on international scales since 2000, despite state and federal governments investing more in schools.
Queensland's Investing for Success initiative, formerly named Great Results Guarantee, is a needs-based funding model for Queensland state schools. The Department of Education allocates this federal funding to schools through specific student characteristics (for example, students with a disability or refugee status) and school characteristics (for example, remote locations). The department encourages principals to make decisions about how to spend this funding based on the needs and input of their local school communities.
This audit assessed whether Investing for Success has been effective in supporting students, particularly those most in need, to achieve improved education outcomes. It also assessed whether the Department of Education, and schools, have used the funding in an economical way.