On 20 September 2018 the Australian Government announced its response to and acceptance of all the recommendations of the National School Resourcing Board's Review of the socio-economic status score. This included a new method for calculating school funding, making the education system fairer and more equitable.
Commonwealth funding for non-government schools will be linked to a direct income measure from 2020 using improved data collection and analysis of parental income that will ensure non-government school funding is targeted at the students who need it most.
In the interim, the Government will provide approximately $170.8 million in additional funding for 2019 for non-government schools. This support builds on similar provisions in 2018, allowing schools to plan with confidence for the 2019 school year while work is underway to test and refine the direct income measure and settle the new arrangements.
What support is being offered in 2019?
The interim support measures are:
- low growth for 2019 measure
- system weighted average for 2019 measure
- 2016 Census data update for 2019 measure
What is the additional financial assistance for low growth independent schools measure?
As part of the additional financial assistance for low growth independent schools measure, the Government will provide additional funding of approximately $8.8 million in 2019, providing a minimum of three per cent growth in per student funding above 2018 recurrent funding levels for non-systemic independent schools.
Funding under this measure will be automatically calculated and paid to eligible non-systemic independent schools, with the first instalment of these payments expected in the first quarter of 2019.
How are low growth schools identified?
Eligibility for this measure applies to all non-systemic schools that receive less than 3 per cent growth in their per student Commonwealth recurrent funding between 2018 and 2019. The additional funding provided to schools under this measure will provide per student growth of up to three per cent between 2018 and 2019.
For schools that attract additional funding under the 2016 Census data update for 2019, the additional funding from that measure is factored into the calculation of the low growth measure, to ensure schools do not attract funding greater than three per cent from the application of both measures.
Do schools need to apply for this funding?
Schools and approved authorities do not need to apply to receive the additional funding for any of the 2019 interim support measures. The department will automatically calculate the additional funding amounts for eligible non-government schools.
For more information about interim support as schools transition to the direct income measure, see the below fact sheets: