School Autonomy Reform and Social Justice in Australian Public Education

There is a strong political consensus in Australia and internationally that greater school autonomy and localised decision-making will drive up academic standards and improve public education. However, existing evidence indicates greater autonomy has increased inequalities at system and school levels.

Across four Australian states, our research draws from organisational theories of institutional autonomy and political theories of social justice. The project will generate an evidence base and new knowledge in the form of dilemma cases, position papers and a practice framework to support social justice through school autonomy reform.

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project Shared Grant (DP190100190)


Deakin University; Monash University; Curtin University


•    Dr Richard Niesche
•    Dr Scott Eacott

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