Our Partners

Having high expectations means believing that students should always strive to achieve their best. Raising expectations is not about being strict or a micro-manager.

We believe in the potential of all Australian children. We partner with others to increase our ability to support as many children as possible to reach their full potential.

Funding Partners

We build professional local, national and international partnerships with individuals and entities to support school improvement. To join us on our journey, please get in touch.

Australian Government

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, and vocational education and training.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to deliver school reform in regional and remote schools across Australia. The current activity is the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools program operating in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

Department of Education, Queensland

The Department of Education delivers world-class education services for Queenslanders at every stage of their personal and professional development. Through key portfolios – Early Childhood and Education – we strive to ensure that Queenslanders have the education they need to contribute to the economy.


National Indigenous Australian Agency

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to implementing the Australian Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NIAA recognises that each community is unique. Our team includes people across Australia who work closely with communities to make sure policies, programs and services address these unique needs.

We work directly with and support the Minister for Indigenous Australians. The NIAA works to influence policy across the entire Australian Government. We liaise closely with state and territory governments, Indigenous peak bodies, stakeholders and service providers to ensure Indigenous programs and services are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as intended.

In 2021, Good to Great Schools Australia entered into an agreement with NIAA to set up and provide a playschool group for Hope Vale. The funding agreement ended on 31 December 2022.

Investment Partners

Macquarie Group Foundation

The Macquarie Group Foundation supports community organisations globally every year through financial support, volunteering and skills sharing, predominantly in the locations where Macquarie operates.

They partnered with Good to Great Schools Australia to support the Scaling for Sustainable Growth program. This partnership aims to allow Good to Great Schools Australia to access funding, develop teaching content, deliver content anywhere in Australia through the smart use of technology and support schools in their daily classroom activities.

Resource Partners


Established in 2001, Jawun (which means ‘friend’ in the Kuku Yalanji language of Cape York, Queensland) is an innovative not-for-profit organisation.

Jawun partners with Indigenous communities in a place-based capacity, building to empower Indigenous-led change and foster meaningful connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Jawun places skilled people from Australia’s leading companies and government agencies into Indigenous organisations. These secondees share their expertise and support Indigenous leaders to achieve their own development goals.

Education Partners

McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill works to expand the possibilities of content and technology to help millions of educators, learners and professionals around the world to achieve success.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to develop a Commonwealth version of Direct Instruction and are the providers of Direct Instruction resources.

The Australian Council for the Arts

‘We champion and invest in arts and creativity to benefit all Australians. We do this through an integrated suite of activities.’
– The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body.

The Australia Council for the Arts has supported Good to Great Schools Australia with cash funding of $79,800 for the 2022 creative development of Milbi Nganhthanun: Our Stories.

Arts Queensland

‘Arts Queensland, a part of the Department of Communities, Housing, and Digital Economy, is committed to building a strong and sustainable sector that supports the renewal and transformation of Queensland through arts, culture and creativity.

We recognise the value of Queensland’s diverse arts, cultural and dynamic sector, and its delivery on Government priorities such as the Queensland Economic Recovery Plan. Arts Queensland is committed to ensuring integrity, accountability and consultation in delivering on our responsibilities and approach, and communicating outcomes.

Arts Queensland is leading the implementation of Creative Together 2020–2030: A 10-Year Roadmap for Arts, Culture and Creativity in Queensland across the Queensland Government in partnership with key stakeholders.

Arts Queensland has supported Good to Great Schools Australia with cash funding of $59,720 for the 2023 community presentation of Milbi Nganhthanun: Our Stories.

School Improvement Partners

McKinsey & Co

McKinsey & Co is a global management consulting firm that works with leading companies to improve their performance and develop solutions for significant business and social challenges.

They have partnered with Good to Great Schools Australia to work on ways that the Australian system and school-level improvement framework could move schools from Poor to Fair and onwards.

Education Research Partners

The Centre for Independent Studies

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is Australia’s leading independent public policy research institute. It encourages independent, fact-based and practical research and debate that promotes liberty, the rule of law, free enterprise and an efficient democratic government.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to share knowledge and evidence based on Direct Instruction, explicit teaching and school reform in Australia.

Community Partners

The Cape York Partnership Group Limited

The Cape York Partnership Group Limited is the parent company for the Cape York Partnership group of companies, which is primarily an independent policy and leadership group dedicated to reform in Indigenous economic and social policies to provide direct relief from the suffering experienced by Cape York Aboriginal people.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to deliver the Student Attendance Case Management.

The Alliance of Guugu Yimithirr People

The Alliance of Guugu Yimithirr People stand for equality, unity, strength, and giving a voice to the voiceless and vulnerable.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to deliver Playschool, which was launched in October 2021 in the Hope Vale community. This program was implemented in response to the community identifying the need for learning opportunities for young children.

Business partners

Pyne & Partners

Pyne & Partners is the best connected public affairs firm in Australia. Serving in portfolios including health, ageing, education, industry and defence; there are few people better connected in Australia and overseas.

Pyne & Partners provide Good to Great Schools Australia with business communications support.


Ashurst is a leading multinational law firm and trusted adviser to corporates, financial institutions and governments worldwide.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to provide pro-bono legal support.

Kingston Reid

Kingston Reid is Australia’s largest specialist workplace firm with a national focus, international reach and global outlook. Our extensive national team of lawyers, across all levels, led by 11 deeply experienced partners, advise and support Australian and multi-national corporate clients.

They partner with Good to Great Schools Australia to provide HR support.