The Australian Government is delivering record funding for Government, Independent and Catholic schools


What is Quality Schools?

Every child deserves a quality education. The Australian Government wants teachers to have the support they need to lift outcomes for our students, and help students feel ready for whatever the future holds. To help make this happen, the Australian Government will deliver record funding for Australian schools under the Quality Schools package.

Record funding for Australian schools

Australia's strong economy is helping to deliver record funding for Government, Independent and Catholic schools.

The Australian Government has committed to a record $307.7 billion in total school recurrent funding from 2018 to 2029, increasing from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $31.4 billion in 2029.

Source: Department of Education and Training modelling as at 27 November 2018.

This is real growth, with average funding per student projected to increase faster than inflation.

Recurrent funding is expected to grow at 79.3 per cent to 2029, and funding per student will grow by an average of 4.0 per cent each year.

All school sectors will benefit from the record funding:

  • Total Government school funding is projected to grow from $6.8 billion in 2017 to over $13 billion in 2029
  • Total Independent school funding is projected to grow from $4.4 billion in 2017 to over $7 billion in 2029
  • Total Catholic school funding is projected to grow from $6.3 billion in 2017 to over $10 billion in 2029.

Government, Catholic and some Independent schools are part of school systems, which are groups of schools that are affiliated with each other, including for funding purposes. Total Commonwealth funding for all schools in a system is paid to the system authority as a lump sum. The system authority then determines how much funding each school receives based on their needs.

In line with their responsibility for the delivery of school education, states and territories are the majority public funder of government schools (with around two-thirds of students) and the Australian Government is a minority public funder of the government sector.

The Australian Government has historically been the majority public funder for non-government schools (with around one-third of students) reflecting its commitment to supporting parental choice and diversity in the schooling system. State governments are minority public funders of the non-government sector.

To understand more about school funding, see our factsheets.

Funding will support better student outcomes

The National School Reform Agreement is an agreement between the Australian Government and all states and territories that sets out the long-term national goals for school education in Australia.

To achieve these goals, the Agreement sets out eight important reforms to be implemented over the next five years (2019 to 2023).

By signing up to the Agreement, governments commit to a sustained reform effort that will drive improved student outcomes and excellence in our classrooms.

Under the Australian Education Act 2013, states and territories are required to enter into this Agreement as a condition of receiving school funding from the Australian Government.

For more information

The Quality Schools web page and Quality Schools fact sheets explain the funding and reform package in more detail.

The Quality Schools frequently asked questions provide information about the changes.

There is also a glossary for key terms used on this website.


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