School funding

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

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.

The department administers a range of assurance and compliance activities that give confidence funding provided under the Act is being spent in accordance with legislative requirements. Further information on these arrangements are detailed in the Schools Funding Assurance Framework 

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.


The SchoolsHUB site is for schools, school systems and approved authorities to manage applications for programs.