School funding

The Australian Government provides funding for all schools, both government and non-government.

Reforms to school funding are underway following the Government's Quality Schools announcement on 2 May 2017.

Over the next 10 years (2018-2027) and relative to the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Government will invest an additional $23.4 billion in recurrent funding for Australian schools. This brings total Commonwealth recurrent investment to $247.2 billion for the same period. Recurrent funding for government schools will grow by 94.1 per cent from 2017, with total funding of $104.0 billion from 2018 to 2027. For non-government schools funding will grow by 62.2 per cent from 2017, with total funding of $143.1 billion from 2018 to 2027.

The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for the provision of Australian Government funding to government and non-government schools. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 provides more detail to support the operation of the Act. It outlines the financial accountability and other conditions that are required in order to receive funding under the Act.

Under constitutional arrangements, state and territory governments are responsible for ensuring the delivery and regulation of schooling to all children of school age in their jurisdictions.

The Australian Government provides the majority of public funding for non-government schools, which is supplemented by states and territories.

The states and territories provide the majority of public funding for government schools, with the Australian Government providing supplementary assistance.

For more information on the Government's vision for schooling in Australia, visit the Quality Schools page.