Media Releases and Issues Papers

Media Releases and Issues Papers 2018-04-05T04:37:52+00:00

Issues Paper: What Price The Gap? Education and Inequality in Australia

Education and Inequality in Australia

2 April 2018

The question of inequality has permeated recent public debate in Australia. From stagnating wages to CEO salaries, from retiring boomers to renting millennials, the widening gaps in our society have come under intense scrutiny. A less scrutinised gap is widening in our education system.

This Issues Paper sheds light on this educational inequality and its cost to Australia. It analyses the costs of students at the bottom falling further below those at the top and estimates that over the six years from 2009-15 alone, this growing inequality has cost Australia around $20.3 billion, equivalent to 1.2% of GDP. The longer-term cost to Australia is even bigger, because the gap was widening well prior to 2009.

For the full report: What Price The Gap? 


Scholarship gives Gungahlin College student the opportunity to study at AFTRS

Caitlin Johnstone, from Gungahlin College in the ACT, is a 2018 Capital Chemist Scholarship recipient. She used her scholarship funds to attend a short course on Introduction to Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).  Read about why Caitlin felt the course was a very worthwhile, rewarding and valuable experience. I learnt [...]

School Principals are heading to the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Outstanding School Principals are heading to the Harvard Graduate School of Education Media Release:  5 April 2018 The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2018 Principal's Scholarships.  The four outstanding principals will travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education [...]

What Price the Gap? Education and Inequality in Australia

ISSUES PAPER: 3 April 2018 Growing inequality in education costs Australia billions The Public Education Foundation’s new Issues Paper “What Price the Gap? Education and Inequality in Australia” reveals that growing educational inequality over the six years from 2009-2015 alone has cost Australia around $20.3 billion, equivalent to 1.2% of GDP. By charting the [...]

Zarni’s scholarship to help others

Inner West Courier 16 February 2018: NOTHING can hold back 17-year-old Zarni Tun – especially not cerebral palsy. The inner west resident completed Year 12 at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay campus and has scored himself a university scholarship through the Public Education Foundation’s Walter and Eliza Hall Trust. The foundation supports students with [...]

Happy Holiday Season

To friends and supporters of the Public Education Foundation Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity  2017 has been another good year for the Public Education Foundation. We've awarded a record numbers of scholarships and awards to students and educators in public education across the country. We've established new relationships and strengthened existing partnerships, allowing [...]

Empowering Indigenous Students

13 December 2017: Public Education Scholarships: Empowering Indigenous Students  The GO Foundation and the Public Education Foundation are delighted to announce the scholarship recipients for the inaugural GO - J.B. Fairfax Scholarships and the GO Foundation Scholarships. All GO Foundation scholarship programs support Indigenous students at public schools in NSW, providing them with a [...]

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