National School Resourcing Board - Chair’s Updates

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The Chair will provide updates on the work of the Board as it implements its reviews.

Updates from the Chair

Board Meetings – 17 May and 18 June 2018

The National School Resourcing Board held its eighth meeting via teleconference on 17 May and ninth meeting in Canberra on 18 June 2018.

These meetings focussed on deliberating the consultation and research undertaken by the Board to inform its review of the socio-economic status score methodology, and the drafting of the review report, to be provided to the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Simon Birmingham, at the end of June 2018.

The Board also undertook further consultations with federal bodies – the National Catholic Education Commission and the Independent Schools Council of Australia (and their nominated representatives). This included a technical information session on the Board’s research (14/15 May), and a briefing on the Board’s findings and proposed recommendations (20 June). These sessions were held under confidentiality agreements given information was being shared prior to the Board submitting its final report to Government.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 27 July 2018.

Board meetings – 23 April and 3 May 2018

The National School Resourcing Board held its sixth meeting via teleconference on 23 April and seventh meeting in Canberra on 3 May 2018.

In both meetings, the Board deliberated on findings from research it has undertaken to help explore options for improving the measure used to calculate ‘capacity to contribute’.

The Board reflected on its key principles – fit for purpose, transparent, reliable – in considering any enhancements to the SES score methodology.

The Board discussed issues to be covered in its report and consultations with key stakeholders prior to submitting its report to Government, which is expected by end June 2018.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 25 May 2018.

Board Meeting, 22 March 2018

The National School Resourcing Board held its fifth meeting in Canberra to consider in greater detail the issues and suggestions put forward by stakeholders through public submissions and national consultations on the SES score methodology review.

The Board discussed the preliminary outcomes of the research that it has underway to consider various options and potential refinements proposed by stakeholders.

The Board reinforced the need to continue to work closely with key stakeholders as it progressed this important work.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 23 April 2018.

Board Meeting, 2 March 2018

The National School Resourcing Board held its fourth meeting in Canberra to report back on targeted consultations with key stakeholders across Australia and discuss public submissions to the SES score methodology review.

The Board used the meeting also to meet with representatives from the National Catholic Education Commission, Independent Schools Council of Australia, the Grattan Institute and Associate Professor Stephen Farish, formerly of the University of Melbourne.

The Board considered the full range of issues and suggestions put forward by stakeholders through the submissions and consultations, and acknowledged its value in helping inform the review.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 22 March 2018.

Public submissions to the SES score methodology review, 21 February 2018

The National School Resourcing Board’s invitation for public submissions to the SES score methodology review closed at 5.00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

The Board thanks all stakeholders who lodged a submission to this important review.

The Board is now deliberating all submissions and will undertake targeted consultations with key stakeholders in each state and territory, identified through the public submissions process.

For more information on the SES score methodology review, visit www.education.gov.au/review-socio-economic-status-ses-score-methodology

Board Meeting, 29-30 January 2018

The National School Resourcing Board held its third meeting in Canberra, with progress on the review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology a major focus of the meeting.

The Board’s invitation for public submissions to the review will close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 February 2018. More information is available at https://www.education.gov.au/review-socio-economic-status-ses-score-methodology.

The Board agreed to undertake a number of targeted consultations with key stakeholders in each state and territory, identified by the Board through the public submissions process.

The Board also discussed its forward work program for 2018.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 2 March 2018.

Board Meeting, 23 – 24 November 2017

The National School Resourcing Board held its second meeting in Canberra to progress its review of the socio-economic status score methodology.

The Board met with representatives from the Department of Education and Training, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Taxation Office for a panel discussion on a range of issues relating to the current SES score methodology and alternative approaches.

As part of its preliminary consultation, the Board also met with representatives from the Independent Schools Council of Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission to seek their views on the current SES score methodology.

The Board agreed that it would invite public submissions to the review. To register your interest, contact nsrbsecretariat@education.gov.au and you will be notified when the Board calls for submissions.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 29-30 January 2018.

Board Meeting, 6 – 7 November 2017

The National School Resourcing Board held its inaugural meeting in Canberra at the Department of Education and Training.

The Board acknowledged its important independent role in helping ensure the public can be confident that Australian Government

funding for schooling is delivered as intended under the amended Australian Education Act 2013.

The agenda focussed on:

  • responsibilities of the Board described by section 128 of the Act and in the Board’s Constitution
  • the Australian Government’s needs-based funding arrangements for government and non-government schools
  • the history of different funding arrangements over the last three decades
  • consideration of a forward work plan, including the commencement this year of a review on the socio-economic score methodology to be completed by mid-2018.

The Board agreed that consultation would be critical in ensuring that the views of key stakeholders were considered in the Board’s reviews, findings and recommendations. 

The Board agreed to schedule its next meeting for 23-24 November 2017.