How much Australian Government funding is provided to schools in each state and territory?

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By 2029, the same student with the same need in the same sector will attract the same amount of Australian Government recurrent funding

Under its Quality Schools arrangements, the Australian Government is moving to a consistent, needs-based school funding model for all Australian students. To meet this commitment, the Australian Government is increasing its record level of funding for schools from $17.5 billion in 2017 to an estimated $32.5 billion in 2029, bringing total funding to an estimated $314.2 billion over 2018 to 2029.

Schools receive funding from the Australian Government, its state or territory government and from private sources. The Australian Government is the majority public funder of non-government schools (Catholic and independent schools). State and territory governments are the majority funders of government schools.

In line with these arrangements, by 2029 the Australian Government will provide 80 per cent of a non‑government school’s Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) and 20 per cent of a government school’s SRS. State and territory governments are also required to deliver their share of total public funding as a percentage of the SRS. Each state and territory has a bilateral under the National School Reform Agreement in place with the Commonwealth which sets out these shares.

Further information about state and territory funding contribution requirements is available at: How are schools funded in Australia?

Australian Government recurrent funding is growing on average for students in all states and sectors

The tables below show average Australian Government funding to schools (noting all schools also receive funding from their state or territory governments) and average Commonwealth share in 2018 as a percentage of the SRS.

National Average

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,914 $4,762 $2,039 4.8% 17.5%
Catholic $9,272 $13,852 $4,997 3.8% 78.6%
Independent $7,743 $11,400 $4,070 3.7% 74.9%

New South Wales

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,968 $4,729 $1,946 4.5% 17.9%
Catholic $9,188 $13,856 $5,075 3.9% 77.8%
Independent $7,368 $10,698 $3,673 3.6% 76.6%

Victoria

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,758 $4,610 $2,045 5.0% 17.2%
Catholic $9,228 $13,953 $5,116 3.9% 78.4%
Independent $7,435 $10,985 $3,895 3.7% 74.7%

Queensland

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $3,044 $4,831 $1,960 4.4% 18.1%
Catholic $9,337 $13,543 $4,690 3.6% 79.4%
Independent $8,315 $12,374 $4,526 3.9% 73.8%

South Australia

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,859 $5,040 $2,436 5.7% 16.6%
Catholic $9,224 $14,158 $5,327 4.0% 77.7%
Independent $8,253 $12,602 $5,029 4.3% 73.1%

Western Australia

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,495 $4,689 $2,438 6.3% 15.3%
Catholic $8,945 $13,106 $4,417 3.5% 78.0%
Independent $7,845 $12,061 $4,758 4.3% 71.6%

Tasmania

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $3,405 $5,071 $1,824 3.8% 19.3%
Catholic $10,565 $16,361 $6,433 4.3% 75.0%
Independent $9,159 $13,956 $5,396 4.2% 73.2%

Australian Capital Territory

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $2,384 $4,089 $1,881 5.3% 16.7%
Catholic $8,672 $11,234 $3,244 2.9% 119.7%
Independent $5,772 $7,288 $1,329 1.7% 107.6%

Northern Territory

  2018 per student funding
($)
2029 per student funding
($)
2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($) Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base) Avg. 2018 CW share of needs-based funding
Government $6,386 $7,836 $1,426 1.7% 23.5%
Catholic $15,873 $26,192 $11,615 5.0% 66.1%
Independent $12,890 $20,141 $8,091 4.4% 70.9%

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment's school funding model, reflecting 12 January 2020 enrolment data.
Note: figures are reported in whole dollars.

For further information about how much total Australian Government and state or territory government funding a school receives, refer to the My School website.