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 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 (SES) 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.