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.

The Australian Government will grow its record level of funding for schools from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $31.4 billion in 2029, bringing total funding to $307.7 billion over 2018 to 2029.

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 2029, the Commonwealth will provide a consistent share of 80 per cent of a non‑government school's SRS, reflecting its 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 Quality Schools arrangements, state and territory governments are also required to deliver their share of total public funding. Further information about state funding requirements is available at: How are schools funded in Australia?

When combining both Australian Government and state or territory government funding, the 2016 national average per student public funding for a government school was $13,023, for a Catholic school it was $10,956 and for an Independent school it was $9,036.

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 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

4.7%

$2,907

$4,745

$2,022

17.5%

Catholic

3.8%

$9,269

$13,851

$4,996

78.5%

Independent

3.8%

$7,736

$11,430

$4,094

74.7%

New South Wales

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

4.6%

$2,962

$4,769

$1,986

17.9%

Catholic

3.9%

$9,189

$13,951

$5,170

77.8%

Independent

3.5%

$7,364

$10,634

$3,610

76.4%

Western Australia

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

6.2%

$2,480

$4,635

$2,384

15.3%

Catholic

3.5%

$8,884

$13,180

$4,494

76.9%

Independent

4.1%

$7,843

$11,901

$4,591

71.6%

Victoria

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

4.9%

$2,758

$4,560

$1,995

17.2%

Catholic

3.9%

$9,229

$13,927

$5,091

78.4%

Independent

3.8%

$7,413

$11,066

$3,979

74.6%

Tasmania

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

3.8%

$3,399

$5,085

$1,838

19.3%

Catholic

4.2%

$10,564

$16,327

$6,399

75.0%

Independent

4.3%

$9,154

$14,272

$5,709

73.2%

South Australia

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

5.5%

$2,852

$4,923

$2,319

16.6%

Catholic

3.9%

$9,228

$13,926

$5,095

77.7%

Independent

4.4%

$8,245

$12,807

$5,187

73.1%

Queensland

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029  per student increases 9from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

4.4%

$3,030

$4,824

$1,953

18.1%

Catholic

3.6%

$9,337

$13,569

$4,715

79.4%

Independent

3.9%

$8,313

$12,463

$4,608

73.8%

Northern Territory

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

1.6%

$6,372

$7,735

$1,325

23.5%

Catholic

5.3%

$16,031

$27,085

$12,507

66.1%

Independent

3.9%

$12,898

$19,277

$7,158

70.9%

Australian Capital Territory

 

Avg. annual per student increase 2018-2029 (from 2017 base)

2018 per student funding ($)

2029 per student funding ($)

2018-2029 per student increases (from 2017 base) ($)

Avg. 2018 CW share of needs based funding

Government

5.3%

$2,384

$4,123

$1,915

16.7%

Catholic

2.3%

$8,672

$10,511

$2,521

119.7%

Independent

2.0%

$5,777

$7,567

$1,608

107.6%

Source: Department of Education and Training Budget Model, as at 27 November 2018.

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