Tuesday, 9 August 2022

    Non-govt schools in funding boost

    Non-government schools are set for a $3.4 billion boost over the next 10 years as the Morrison government prepares to rewrite the funding rules for the Catholic and independent sectors, The Age reports.

    The extra funding would be distributed to private schools based on parents’ taxable incomes, giving schools with a greater number of lower-income families the biggest slice.

    About 20 per cent of wealthier and high-fee private schools would have their public funding cut, but they would share in a $1.3 billion “choice and affordability fund” over the next two years to ease the transition.

    The new national formula, called the direct measure of income, will require an amendment to the Australian Education Act. A bill was put to Parliament late last week.

    If passed, it will supersede the current geographic funding model.

    “What we’ll do is we’ll look at the income of the parents to get a sense of their ability to contribute to the fees of a school,” Education Minister Dan Tehan said.

    It is estimated that 810 independent schools will have their annual recurrent funding increased by 2.5 per cent or more, 133 schools will experience little or no change and 59 schools will lose funding.

    The Catholic sector estimates about three-quarters of its schools will be better off.

    St John’s Primary is a small Catholic school in Clifton Hill that stands to receive more funding under the changes.

    Clifton Hill’s residents are significantly wealthier and more educated than the national average but by many measures St John’s is not an affluent school.

    Last year, 32 per cent of its students came from families with a healthcare card, while 20 per cent of students had a disability.

    St John’s principal Kerrie Campagna said the new scoring system was more accurate and fairer.

    “Our school probably would have closed if the government didn’t make this change,” she said.


    Non-government schools set for multibillion-dollar funding boost (The Age)


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