Gon­ski 2.0 brings school cash boost

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Zach Relph

AN on­line fund­ing es­ti­ma­tor has re­vealed which South West schools will ben­e­fit most from the new­lyre­leased Gon­ski 2.0 ed­u­ca­tion pack­age.

The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment launched the es­ti­ma­tor last week, show­ing fund­ing to Aus­tralian pri­mary and sec­ondary schools set to swell from $17.5 bil­lion in 2017 to $30.6 bil­lion by 2027.

Of the na­tion­wide boost, For­rest MHR Nola Marino said $27.1 mil­lion would be in­vested in the elec­torate’s schools in the next four years.

Bun­bury Catholic Col­lege is set to be the re­gion’s great­est ben­e­fit­ing high school, re­ceiv­ing more than $166 mil­lion from 2018 to 2027 – nearly a $33 mil­lion in­crease un­der the re­vised model.

It is a con­sid­er­able amount more than what Har­vey Se­nior High School and Har­vey Agri­cul­tural Col­lege will get, af­ter be­ing al­lot- ted $8,861,000 and $5,393,400 re­spec­tively. Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar and Grace Chris­tian School, which both have pri­mary and sec­ondary years, will get $78,882,000 and $62,953,500 re­spec­tively.

Leschenault Catholic, St Joseph’s in Waroona and St Anne’s are among the pri­mary schools to ben­e­fit most.

All three schools will be given $12,313, $16,102 and $14,817 re­spec­tively per stu­dent by 2027.

Mrs Marino said the pack­age fo­cused on en­sur­ing all schools were at the same needs-based per­stu­dent level when State Gov­ern­ment cash is added.

“State Gov­ern­ments are the ma­jor­ity fun­ders of gov­ern­ment schools. The great­est in­creases go to the need­i­est schools. En­rol­ment num­bers af­fect over­all fund­ing num­bers,” Mrs Marino said.

“In line with the Gov­ern­ment’s role as ma­jor­ity fun­der of non­govern­ment schools, the Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide a con­sis­tent share of 80 per cent of a non­govern­ment school’s School­ing Re­source Stan­dard, which is a mea­sure of a school’s need in­clud­ing a base amount per stu­dent and load­ings for dis­ad­van­tage.”

The great­est in­creases go to the need­i­est schools. -Nola Marino

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