Funding for schools

The Australian Government provides funding for all schools, both government and non-government.

The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for the provision of this funding. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) provides more detail to support the operation of the Act. The Act and Regulation were amended in 2014 on 26 November and 11 December respectively. The Post-amendment fact sheet under the Amendments tab in the Guide lists changes arising from these amendments.

The Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013 provides more information about the Act and Regulation.

Under constitutional arrangements, state and territory governments are responsible for ensuring the delivery and regulation of schooling to all children of school age in their jurisdictions. State and territory governments provide most of the school education funding in Australia, which is administered under their own legislation. They determine curriculums, register schools, regulate school activities and are directly responsible for the administration of government schools. They also provide support services used by both government and non-government schools. Non-government schools operate under conditions determined by state and territory government registration authorities. States and territories are also the major funder of schools, providing around 66 per cent of total public funding in 2014.

Government schools receive the majority of their public funding from their state or territory government, with the Australian Government providing supplementary funding.

Non-government schools receive the majority of their public funding from the Australian Government with state and territory governments providing supplementary funding.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Funding for schools.

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  1. 1. Schools Assistance Act 2008 report on financial assistance granted to each State in respect of 2009

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This report provides a summary of the financial assistance that was paid under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to States in respect of 2009. This is the full version of the report

  2. 1. Schools Assistance Act 2008 report on financial assistance granted to each State in respect of 2010

    Created: 3 February 2016

    This report provides a summary of the financial assistance that was paid under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to States in respect of 2010. This is the full version of the report

  3. 1. Schools Assistance Act 2008 report on financial assistance granted to each State in respect of 2011

    Created: 2 February 2016

    This report provides a summary of the financial assistance that was paid under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to States in respect of 2011. This is the full version of the report

  4. 1. Schools Assistance Act 2008 report on financial assistance granted to each State in respect of 2012

    Created: 27 March 2015

    This report provides a summary of the financial assistance that was paid under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to States in respect of 2012. This is the full version of the report

  5. 1. Schools Assistance Act 2008 report on financial assistance granted to each State in respect of 2013

    Created: 20 August 2015

    This report provides a summary of the financial assistance that was paid under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 to States in respect of 2013. This is the full version of the...

  6. 2013 update- Schools Assistance Act 2008 Administrative Guidelines

    Created: 9 April 2013

  7. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2004

    Created: 29 January 2009  |  Last modified: 29 January 2009

  8. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2005

    Created: 29 January 2009  |  Last modified: 29 January 2009

  9. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2006

    Created: 29 January 2009  |  Last modified: 29 January 2009

  10. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2007

    Created: 29 January 2009  |  Last modified: 29 January 2009

  11. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2009

    Created: 28 May 2009  |  Last modified: 28 May 2009

  12. Administrative Arrangements for Block Grant Authorities (BGAs)- 2010

    Created: 16 March 2010  |  Last modified: 16 March 2010

  13. Australian Government Response to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding

    Created: 2 October 2014

    Outlines the Australian Government's response to the Senate Select Committee's inquiry into school funding.

  14. Calculation of the student with disability loading in 2014

    Created: 27 June 2014

    Explains how the student with disability loading under the Australian Education Act 2013 contributes to a school's 2014 Commonwealth funding entitlement.

  15. Capital Grants Programme- Operating Manual

    Created: 1 August 2014  |  Last modified: 29 August 2016

    The Operating Manual sets out the Commonwealth Government’s detailed administrative requirements applying to the administration of the Capital Grants Programme for non...

  16. CGP project opening fact sheet for schools

    Created: 1 August 2014  |  Last modified: 7 October 2016

    Instructions for Schools completing their recognition requirements

  17. Commonwealth Programs for Schools Quadrennial Administrative Guidelines 2005-2008- 2008 update

    Created: 16 February 2015

    Administrative Guidelines to assist Block Grant Authorities in administering the Capital Grants Program

  18. Part A- 2009 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2009 report.

  19. Part A- 2010 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2010 report.

  20. Part A- 2011 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 2 February 2016

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the 2011 report.

  21. Part A- 2012 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 27 March 2015

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  22. Part A- 2013 Introduction to financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 20 August 2015

    The Introduction provides a summary of the policy objectives relating to the funding made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 in respect of 2013.

  23. Part B- 2009 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2009 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  24. Part B- 2010 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 3 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2010 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

  25. Part B- 2011 Financial assistance made under the Schools Assistance Act 2008

    Created: 2 February 2016

    These tables provide a summary of the total funding provided in 2011 at the national and state and territory levels under the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

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