. J Gillard (Prime Minister) and P Garrett (Minister of Education), New data on a fairer funding plan for Australian schools, press release, May 19, 2013, accessed May 19, 2013. NPSI funding agreements are called national education reform (NER) in budget documents. While the budget provides more information on this funding (including in the article “Education: Expenditure”), questions remain about the new school funding rules. Some of these questions follow.  For more information on the current funding system, see: M Harrington, Australian Government funding for schools explained, Background Note, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 8 March 2013, available 18 May 2013. . The information contained in this article comes from the document below, unless this is the case: Australian government, budget measures: Budget document 2: 2013-14, p. 117-23, accessed May 17, 2013. See also: J Gillard (Prime Minister) and P Garrett (Minister of Education), redevelopment of all our children, classrooms and teachers for the future, press release, April 14, 2013, called May 18, 2013. Note that there is a difference in the Australian government`s contribution between these two sources. The budget makes a number of savings that are identified as costs for the NPSI reforms.  These include budget measures for higher education and family payments.
 Currently, schools receive most of their funding under the National Schools Specific Purpose Payment (SPP). This funding is complemented by a series of National Partnerships (NP) and Australian government education programs.  These plans are applicable until December 31, 2013. However, some PNs and other Australian government educational programs are continuing. These include two non-governmental school programs – capital funding and short-term emergency assistance – currently available under the National Schools SPP. The National Plan for Improvement (NPSI) has two goals for the Australian school system by 2025: to rank in the top 5 countries for student achievement in reading, mathematics and science; and to consider, according to international standards, a quality and quality school system.  . Australian Government, Budget 2013-14: National Plan for School Improvement, p. 5, called May 17, 2013.
 For example: T Abbott (Leader of the Opposition), interview with Sabra Lane, AM, ABC Radio, May 15, 2013, accessed May 18, 2013.  P Coorey, “Abbott to keep Labour tax cuts,” The Australian Financial Review, May 17, 2013, p. 1, called May 18, 2013. . Council of Australian Governments (COAG), National Education Reform Agreement (NERA), COAG, 2013, consulted on 16 May 2013. The National Education Reform Agreement (NERA), which all state and territorial governments must sign by 30 June 2013, sets out reforms and a new school funding model to achieve these goals.  If the NPSI is fully implemented, the NPSI will provide an additional $14.5 billion in public resources over six years for schools, of which 65.0% ($9.8 billion) will be allocated by the Australian government and the remainder by state and territory governments.  The new school funding model in budget 2013/2014 is at the heart of this article.
 These articles are discussed in articles on budget revision, higher education, the “abolition of the baby premium” and “additional savings on family allowances. The budget documents do not mention the amount of the Australian government`s contribution to SRS per student and the year-over-year increase in this amount during the transition to the full NPSI funding model by 2019. NERA states that the Australian government will provide public education systems with their current financial contribution and their agreed share in the additional funding of the NIPS, which will be adjusted to the new indexation rates.  Lower indexation rate (3.0%) applies to schools funded by the proposed amounts per SRS student, as determined by their 2011 recurring income, which is registered on the “My School” website.  SRS amounts ($9,271 per primary school student and 12.