The public submission process for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, led by David Gonski, will be open until October 13.

It comes on the back of the Gonski 2.0 plan for education reform, which passed the senate in June this year.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the review was designed to ensure that funding would be used effectively under the new plan. 

“While a strong level of funding is important, it is clear that to achieve the best educational performance we must look at how this funding is used in our schools, and not just how much is being spent,” he said.

“This review is about determining the best evidence-based practices for our students that will help guide how our schools and educators focus the extra resources we’re delivering in classrooms.”

Birmingham urged parents, teachers, students and education experts to submit their views to the panel. 

“The input of educators, academics and people at the coal face of our school system combined with the leadership and expertise of Mr Gonski and his panel will be invaluable to guiding how our record levels of funding for students should be used most effectively,” he said. 

But the deadline for submissions to the review has drawn criticism from the Australian Education Union, who says the timeline is too narrow and doesn’t allow for sufficient consultation with the education sector. 

"In the face of deep concerns over school funding, the latest consultation is being drastically limited to avoid further scrutiny and limit the participation of teachers, many of whom are in the middle of school holidays," said Australian Education Union Federal President, Correna Haythorpe.

She called on the state and territory education ministers to reject the timeline at Friday’s Australian Education Council meeting in Adelaide in favour of a longer period of consultation. 

"It is unacceptable that a Federal Government reducing its funding commitment to public schools is also seeking to silence teachers on the consequences that this will have for the thousands of children in public schools across Australia," she said.

"Their plan involves tearing up earlier agreements with five state and territory governments and cutting $3 billion in funding due to be delivered in the next two years. The least the government can do is consult properly on the plans proposed to replace agreements that were already in place.

"We urge every minister to demand an extended consultation process that allows a genuine dialogue with the education profession."