What is the impact of funding arrangements for each state and territory?

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From 2018, funding for students will be truly needs-based

The Australian Government is moving to a consistent, needs-based school funding model that reflects the true needs of all Australian students.

Over the next decade, the Australian Government will grow its record level of funding for schools from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027, bringing total funding to $247.2 billion over the next decade.

These arrangements deliver the Gonski needs-based approach, with a Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) that measures the relative need of each school. The SRS provides a base amount per student plus six loadings for disadvantage, such as disability or socio-educational disadvantage.

By 2027, the Commonwealth will provide a consistent share of 80 per cent of a non-government school's SRS, reflecting our role as majority funder of non-government schools (Catholic and Independent schools). For government schools, the Australian Government will contribute 20 per cent of a school's SRS as state and territory governments are the majority funders of government schools.

This is a truly needs-based approach that means that the same student with the same need in the same sector attracts the same amount of Commonwealth funding in each state and territory.

The tables below provide information only on Australian Government funding to schools. All schools also receive funding from their state or territory governments.

Under the new arrangements, state and territory governments will also be required to deliver their share of a total public funding level of at least 95 per cent of the SRS for all schools by 2023 as a condition of receiving Commonwealth funding.  Unless otherwise agreed with the Commonwealth, states must contribute at least 75 per cent of the SRS for government  schools and 15 per cent of the SRS for non-government schools.

When combining both Australian Government and state or territory government funding, the 2015 national average per student public funding for a government school was $12,427, for a Catholic school it was $10,469 and for an Independent school it was $8,737.

For further information about how much total Australian Government and state or territory government funding a school receives, refer to the My School website at www.myschool.edu.au

National Average

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 5.1% $2,720 $4,453 $1,733 17.0%
Catholic 3.5% $8,839 $12,493 $3,654 78.7%
Independent 4.1% $7,263 $10,853 $3,590 74.2%

New South Wales

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 4.8% $2,780 $4,422 $1,643 17.5%
Catholic 3.6% $8,767 $12,522 $3,755 78.0%
Independent 3.8% $6,977 $10,168 $3,191 76.0%

Western Australia

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 6.8% $2,241 $4,341 $2,100 14.3%
Catholic 3.8% $8,714 $12,693 $3,979 76.1%
Independent 4.5% $7,220 $11,203 $3,983 71.4%

Victoria

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 5.2% $2,562 $4,256 $1,694 16.7%
Catholic 3.3% $8,825 $12,249 $3,424 79.8%
Independent 4.2% $6,976 $10,509 $3,533 73.7%

TASMANIA

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 3.9% $3,257 $4,755 $1,498 19.2%
Catholic 4.3% $9,846 $14,969 $5,124 73.7%
Independent 4.7% $8,457 $13,446 $4,989 70.7%

South Australia

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 5.6% $2,600 $4,499 $1,899 16.2%
Catholic 3.7% $8,815 $12,647 $3,832 77.7%
Independent 4.6% $7,580 $11,845 $4,264 71.4%

Queensland

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 4.9% $2,868 $4,635 $1,767 17.4%
Catholic 3.5% $8,808 $12,435 $3,627 79.0%
Independent 4.3% $7,764 $11,792 $4,028 73.4%

Northern Territory

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 1.3% $6,445 $7,369 $924 24.2%
Catholic 5.6% $14,583 $25,049 $10,466 64.5%
Independent 5.1% $11,995 $19,767 $7,772 68.7%

Australian Capital Territory

  Avg. annual per student increase over 10 years 2017 per student funding ($) 2027 per student funding ($) 2017-2027 per student increases ($) Avg. 2017 CW share of needs based funding
Government 5.8% $2,206 $3,878 $1,672 16.0%
Catholic -0.8% $7,880 $7,279 -$601 120.4%
Independent -0.5% $5,954 $5,664 -$290 116.7%

Source: Department of Education and Training modelling, as per the amended Australian Education Act 2013.

Note: figures are reported in whole dollars and calculations may differ due to rounding.