Australian Education Act 2013

The Australian Education Act 2013 is the principal legislation for the provision of Australian Government funding to government and non-government schools. The Act commenced on 1 January 2014 and was amended on 26 November 2014.

The Act sets out the funding arrangements, including recurrent funding for both government and non-government schools, capital funding for non-government schools, and special circumstances funding. The Act also sets out the expectations for approved authorities to ensure funding accountability to the Commonwealth and to school communities.

The Act provides the Minister with authority to provide funding to non-government school representative bodies. These bodies may include associations of independent schools and Catholic education commissions.

The Australian Education Regulation 2013 provides more detail to support the operation of the Act. It outlines the financial accountability and other conditions that are required in order to receive funding under the Act. 

The Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013 provides more information about the Act and Regulation. This Guide has been written primarily for the approved authorities of schools. It also covers the funding and requirements for approved system authorities, block grant authorities and for non-government representative bodies.

The Post-amendment fact sheet under the Amendments tab in the Guide lists changes arising from the amendments to the Act and Regulation in 2014.