Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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Wellings, P., Black, R., Craven, G., Freshwater, D. & Harding, S. (2019). Performance-Based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme. Report for the Minister of Education. Canberra, Australia : Commonwealth of Australia.


The Minister for Education has appointed the expert panel for performance-based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (the Panel) to provide advice on the design and implementation of the scheme for implementation in 2020, in accordance with the Terms of Reference (Appendix 1). The Panel has considered extensive sector feedback through targeted consultations and public submissions, conceptual and statistical analyses, and review of relevant performance funding models, which provides an evidence base for developing the scheme. This final report presents the Panel’s considerations and recommendations on the design and implementation of the scheme. Australian higher education is a strong world-class sector. The performance-based funding scheme contributes to the evolution of the whole higher education funding system by balancing certainty with greater responsiveness to public funding system priorities on teaching and learning, while respecting sector differences. Performance measures can be complex and challenging. An analysis of the performance funding models across a number of countries further indicates that there is no ‘ideal’ model, with each model showing strengths, weaknesses and policy trade-offs. Acknowledging the complexity of this task, the Panel sees the merit of implementing the scheme in 2020 with a simple and resilient model that is predictable with low administrative complexity. This will allow adjustment to shifting national priorities and the changing higher education landscape over time. While stakeholders’ views on the design and implementation of the scheme are varied, importantly, we have a broad consensus on a contextually responsive scheme that recognises sector differentiation. The contextualisation of design elements would mitigate the potential perverse outcome of driving sector convergence. 




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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7