The Australian Government (the Commonwealth) provides recurrent funding for every student enrolled at a school. Over 2018 to 2029, recurrent funding for schools will total $323.9 billion. This includes $126.9 billion to government schools, $109.7 billion to Catholic schools and $87.2 billion to independent schools.
Over this period, funding will increase by 91.9 per cent (from a 2017 base) and funding for each student is projected to increase on average by 4.7 per cent every year.
A number of reports on school funding are publicly available.
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Annual reports on financial assistance paid for schools under the Australian Education Act 2013
Each year, the Minister for Education tables a report in Parliament on financial assistance paid under the Australian Education Act 2013.Find out more about the annual report on financial assistance paid under the Act
My School supports national transparency and the accountability by publishing nationally consistent school-level data about every school in Australia. The My School website is managed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).Go to My School
Report on Government Services
The Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information about government services in Australia, the school education section provides reports on Australian Government and state and territory government expenditure.Go to the Report on Government Services
The National Report on Schooling in Australia
The National Report on Schooling in Australia is the record of progress towards the goals and commitment in the Education Declaration. It is published by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority on behalf of education ministers. The report includes information on:
- School resourcing
- School structures, and school, teacher and student numbers
- Major programs and initiatives to support students and schools achieve educational goals and support the commitment to action
- Student outcomes (Key Performance Measures), as prescribed in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia.
Estimated recurrent funding for government schools
You can view recurrent funding estimates for government schools by using the School Funding Estimator.See the School Funding Estimator