On 20 September 2018, the Government announced the establishment of a Choice and Affordability Fund (the Fund) to support the non-government school sector. The Fund provides a flexible means of driving government priorities including supporting parental choice and affordability of schools and assisting schools in regional and remote areas and in drought affected areas.
The Fund commences in 2020 with an estimated $1.2 billion to be provided to the non‑government sector over 10 years to 2029.
How will the Fund work?
Funding will be provided to the non-government school sector under the Australian Education Act 2013. Non-government representative bodies (NGRBs) will administer funding in line with agreed priorities for the Fund. Amendments have been made to the Australian Education Regulation 2013 to provide for the administrative arrangements for the Fund.
Guidelines for the Fund are now available on the department’s website. Further details on funding arrangements are to be determined in consultation with the sector.
What will the Fund be used for?
The Fund will supplement Commonwealth recurrent funding to drive other government priorities, including:
- supporting parental choice and affordability of schools
- assisting schools during the transition to the new Direct Measure of Income for determining a non-government school’s capacity to contribute
- assisting schools in regional and remote areas and in drought-affected areas
- enhancing student wellbeing and support initiatives
- lifting outcomes in underperforming schools.
The Fund can be used flexibly over the 10 years to maximise its impact on these priorities.
For further information
Further information will be made available on the department’s website once arrangements have been determined.