Two former Victorian premiers are urging political leaders act on the Gonski education reforms, but Premier Ted Baillieu says he is still waiting on the detail.
A number of prominent Australians, including former Victorian premiers Steve Bracks and Joan Kirner, wrote an open letter to the prime minister, state premiers and territory chief ministers which was published in newspapers on Thursday.
The 36 high-profile Australians say the Gonski recommendations provide a "once in a generation" chance to change the way children are educated in this country.
"We ignore it at our peril," the letter read.
They want political leaders to set aside their differences and work together as a matter of urgency so the Gonski reforms can be rolled out from next year.
However Mr Baillieu said he was still waiting for details of the reforms.
"I look forward to all of those people and those former premiers providing the details of the Gonski proposals because nobody knows what they are," he told reporters.
"All we know is it's going to cost a lot of money.
"It's a very game thing for people to be signing open letters about things they know very little of unless they have been told what the public hasn't been told."