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.

SchoolsHUB

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

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with School funding.

Results

  1. Part A- 2009 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2009 report.

  2. Part A- 2010 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2010 report.

  3. Part A- 2011 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 2 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2011 report.

  4. Part A- 2012 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 27 March 2015

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  5. Part A- 2013 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 20 August 2015

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 in respect of 2013.

  6. Part B- 2009 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2009 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  7. Part B- 2010 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2010 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  8. Part B- 2011 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 2 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2011 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  9. Part B- 2012 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 27 March 2015

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2012 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  10. Part B- 2013 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 20 August 2015

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2013 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  11. Part C- General Recurrent Grants Funding in 2009

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the General Recurrent Grants programme in 2009.

  12. Part C- General Recurrent Grants Funding in 2010

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the General Recurrent Grants programme in 2010.

  13. Part C- General Recurrent Grants Funding in 2011

    Created: 2 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the General Recurrent Grants programme in 2011.

  14. Part C- General Recurrent Grants Funding in 2012

    Created: 27 March 2015

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the General Recurrent Grants programme in 2012.

  15. Part C- General Recurrent Grants Funding in 2013

    Created: 20 August 2015

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the General Recurrent Grants programme in 2013.

  16. Part D- Capital Grants funding in 2009

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the Capital grants program in 2009, and a brief description of the project details.

  17. Part D- Capital Grants funding in 2010

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the Capital grants program in 2010, and a brief description of the project details.

  18. Part D- Capital Grants funding in 2011

    Created: 2 February 2016

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the Capital grants program in 2011, and a brief description of the project details.

  19. Part D- Capital Grants funding in 2012

    Created: 27 March 2015

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the Capital grants program in 2012, and a brief description of the project details.

  20. Part D- Capital Grants funding in 2013

    Created: 20 August 2015

    This table provides a list of funding that each school received under the Capital grants program in 2013, and a brief description of the project details.

  21. Quality Schools- Special circumstances funding

    Created: 25 January 2018

    The fact sheet advises of a funding source available to schools experiencing severe financial difficulty. It outlines the eligibility requirements, application and assessment...

  22. Sample letter to parents-guardians about student information collected under the Australian Education Act 2013

    Created: 6 June 2014

    Sample letter to parents-guardians informing them about student information collected for the Australian Education Act 2013.

  23. School funding estimator data by federal electorate

    Created: 11 January 2018

    A table showing estimated school funding estimator data by federal electorate (as at 17 November 2017) for the years 2018-2021, and 2027.

  24. Schools Assistance Act 2008- Administrative Guidelines- Commonwealth Programs for Non-Government Schools 2009 to 2013/2014

    Created: 16 February 2015

    Administrative Guidelines to assist Block Grant Authorities in administering the Capital Grants Program

  25. Schools Funding Assurance Framework

    Created: 18 September 2019

    Schools Funding Assurance Framework

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