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Christian Schools Support Call For Full-Funding

Christian Schools Australia and Australian Association of Christian Schools 2 mins read

14 December 2023 – For Immediate Release

Christian Schools Support Call For Full-Funding

Christian Schools embraced the commitment from Australia’s Education Ministers to work together to get every school to a minimum of 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS).

The Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth) establishes a funding framework where all students receive a base level of funding, means tested for non-government school students, and additional loadings for identified educational needs.  Under the Act the Commonwealth will fund 80% of the needs of non-government schools and 20% of the needs of government schools.  The States and Territories would be responsible for contributing 75 – 80% of the needs of government schools and 15 – 20% of the needs of non-government schools unless otherwise specified in agreements with the Commonwealth. 

Recent Commonwealth Education Department calculations have highlighted the shortfall in the funding by some States and Territories of their government schools. The data indicated that:

  • only ACT, SA and WA will be funding their government schools at or above 75% of the SRS by 2023
  • NSW and Tasmania have committed to reach 75% by 2027,
  • Victoria has committed to reach 75% by 2028,
  • Queensland is projected to reach 75% by 2032
  • Northern Territory has no commitment to reach 75% and is currently estimated to fund their schools at just 59% of the SRS.

 

“It is in the national interest for all students to be properly funded”, indicated Vanessa Cheng, Executive Officer of Australian Association of Christian Schools, “real school choice requires all schools to be fully funded”.

Mark Spencer, Director of Public Policy for Christian Schools Australia said, “Christian schools have long advocated for well-funded government schools, it is only fair”.

“It is well overdue for all States and Territories to work with the Commonwealth to appropriately fund government schools,” Mrs Cheng said, “and we fully support the commitment from the Education Ministers,

“We don’t need another divisive ideological debate about funding”, Mr Spencer said, “students in all schools deserve better, they deserve to be fully funded”.

ENDS


About us:

Australian Association of Christian Schools and Christian Schools Australia represent Christian schools operating in more than 320 locations around Australia and educating more than 140,000 students.


Contact details:

For all media enquiries:

Vanessa Cheng, Australian Association of Christian Schools, 0416 244 372

Mark Spencer, Christian Schools Australia, 0419 419 224

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