The objective of the audit was to assess the department’s: effectiveness in administering school funding; and implementation of recommendations made in Auditor-General Report No.18 2017–18 Monitoring the Impact of Australian Government School Funding and JCPAA Report 476: Australian Government Funding.

Audit criteria

To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the following high-level criteria were applied:

  • Does the department effectively administer the requirements of the legislation to gain assurance that funding has been distributed in accordance with legislative requirements?
  • Does the department enforce legislative provisions that enable it to monitor progress against the achievement of reform directions and the implementation of ongoing policy requirements?
  • Does the department measure the impact of school funding on educational outcomes?