Choice and Affordability Fund

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to providing choice to Australian families, the Government established the Choice and Affordability Fund (CAF) in 2020.

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What is the CAF?

The CAF provides $1.2 billion over ten years from 2020 to 2029 to assist the non-government school sector to support schools to deliver choice and affordability and achieve government priorities.

In particular, the CAF prioritises assistance for non-government schools transitioning to the Direct Measure of Income (DMI) funding arrangements, including regional, rural and remote schools. It also prioritises funding for schools affected by COVID-19, drought, bushfires and other natural disasters.

Other priorities include providing choice to parents of an affordable school that will best suit their child, enhancing student wellbeing and support, and lifting outcomes for disadvantaged students.

How does the CAF work?

Funding is provided for the non-government school sector under the Australian Education Act 2013. Catholic and independent non-government representative bodies (NGRBs) in each state and territory administer funding in line with agreed priorities for the Fund.

The administrative arrangements for the fund are set out under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 with supporting CAF Guidelines and CAF Agreements.

As a condition of ongoing funding, NGRBs must report annually on their progress in achieving the priority objectives and intended outcomes identified in their agreements. The department also publishes consolidated annual report, which is available on the Choice and Affordability Annual Reports page.

Further information

Further information is available in the ‘What is the Choice and Affordability Fund?’ factsheet.

Schools wishing to gain support under the Fund should contact their NGRB.