Funding estimator for northern schools shows better deal for students


A new schools funding estimator is set to help parents, teachers, principals and school communities across the North to see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Turnbull Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan.

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the new online estimator showed that schools in the electorate of Kennedy would benefit from a funding increase of $35.6million between 2017 and 2021, and schools in the Herbert electorate would benefit from an increase of $34.6million in the same period.

“We’re delivering the real ‘Gonski’ needs-based funding model that Labor didn’t,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This new estimator will give parents, teachers and principals the information they need about our needs-based funding plan to make long-term plans for the future of each child and each school.

“We’re delivering long-term funding certainty for schools and communities in regional and rural areas, and ensuring everybody is treated fairly and equitably.

“Our plan factors in the background, family life, levels of disability and socioeconomic status of each student and school to ensure funding is truly needs-based and fair.

“Everyone can see for themselves exactly how our plan will benefit their school by visiting education.gov.au/qualityschools and clicking through to the Schools Funding Estimator.”

“However a note of caution for schools in the Catholic Systemic system. While the figures for each school is based on an assessment by education specialists contracted by the Department as to what is fair and needs-based, the figure may vary as the Catholic Education system redistributes the funds at both state level and Diocese level, based on their own understanding of the particular needs of particular schools.

“The changes will ensure all schools and states transition to an equal Commonwealth share of the resource standard in a decade, unlike the 150 years of inequity that the current arrangements Labor left.

“We’ve been open and upfront all along that more than 9,000 schools across Australia are set to receive significant funding boosts according to their need but that also means some schools will have their funding levels frozen or reduced.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

“I am pleased that in the North, every school will receive a funding increase in 2018,” Senator Macdonald said.

“While we know a strong level of funding for schools is vital, what’s more important is how that funding is used.

“That’s why the Government has asked David Gonski to lead a new inquiry into improving the results of Australian students. He’ll be focused not on how much funding there is, but how it’s used through the most effective teaching and learning strategies to reverse declining results and to raise the performance of schools and students.

For further details of the Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools reform package are available at: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools

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