School Funding FAQs

Why is the department publishing school funding?

Publishing school funding provides transparency on school resources for current students.

What can school funding be used for?

Schools have the flexibility and autonomy under the School Resourcing Model to use their funding to deliver educational programs and services that meet the needs of their current students and school community.

Expenditure related to the delivery of educational programs and services will generally include employee costs, teaching and learning program costs, professional development, relief staff and other operational costs.

What is the School Resourcing Model?

The new School Resourcing Model is in response to recommendations from an independent review into the global school budget funding model conducted by Ernst & Young in 2017. The review made 20 recommendations which have been accepted in full or in principle, subject to further investigation and analysis.

The school resourcing model has two components, school managed resources and centrally managed resources.  School managed resources are managed by schools and used to deliver teaching and learning programs, fund professional development, relief teacher and other operational costs.

Centrally managed resources are managed by the Department of Education for schools and are used to fund principals’ salaries and, workers compensation, as well as maternity, parental, long service and remote study leave.

What is the difference between the School Resourcing Package and the School Resourcing Model?

The School Resourcing Package is made up of the School Resourcing Model which includes school managed resources and resources that are centrally managed by the department. It also includes additional resources provided by the Department for strategic focus areas of quality teaching, school leadership, community engagement and differentiated support to schools.

How do I find out the total school resourcing package for my school?

The MySchool website provides information on the total resources (direct and indirect) for a school. The financial information is based on expenditure for a completed calendar year. MySchool currently has information on 2016 direct and indirect school resourcing.

What is “Student needs based funding”?

The student needs based funding formula provides a simple, fair and transparent distribution of funds on a per student basis. The student needs based funding formula uses individual student information collected and validated by principals as part of the National August census to build a needs profile of students enrolled in each school.

Needs weightings are applied for year level, socio economic status, Aboriginal status, Aboriginal concentration, remoteness of a school, English as a second language, students with additional needs, school size and distance education.

How do schools determine how resources are allocated?

Schools develop and deliver strategies in the funding year, to address the needs of their students. School Representative Bodies provide strategic oversight of the use of these resources while principals deliver the operational strategies through the teaching and learning program and school operations. Resource planning focuses on using the total annual funding within the year so as to provide students with the best possible opportunities to engage, grow and achieve.

Last updated: 07 May 2018