School funds es­ti­ma­tor now on­line

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A new on­line tool has been rolled out to en­able Aus­tralian school staff, par­ents and stu­dents to see how much fund­ing their school is set to re­ceive un­der the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s new ed­u­ca­tional fund­ing scheme, though the WA Depart­ment of Education has warned it does not show the whole pic­ture.

The schools fund­ing es­ti­ma­tor was in­tro­duced as part of the Fed­eral Bud­get last week in a move de­signed to show school com­mu­ni­ties how they will ben­e­fit un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s $18.6 bil­lion education fund­ing plan.

Cur­rent use of the es­ti­ma­tor shows by 2027, Kar­ratha’s St Luke’s Col­lege is due to re­ceive $66 mil­lion in fund­ing, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School can ex­pect more than $53 mil­lion and about $17.5 mil­lion has been flagged for Tom Price Se­nior High School.

How­ever, WA Depart­ment of Education deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of finance and ad­min­is­tra­tion Jen­nifer McGrath said the fig­ures should be re­garded with cau­tion.

“The fig­ures pro­vided on a na­tional level are not an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the fund­ing which is pro­vided to in­di­vid­ual Western Aus­tralian pub­lic schools,” she said.

“The Depart­ment of Education re­ceives fund­ing from the Western Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and other sources.

“In­di­vid­ual pub­lic schools then re­ceive their bud­gets through the depart­ment’s stu­dent-cen­tred fund­ing model. This de­liv­ers fund­ing for each en­rolled stu­dent, with ad­di­tional fund­ing for stu­dents need­ing ex­tra sup­port.

“It is prob­lem­atic to state a de­fin­i­tive fig­ure on an in­di­vid­ual school’s fund­ing which only takes into ac­count one fund­ing source and does not pro­vide the full pic­ture.”

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the on­line es­ti­ma­tor showed Du­rack schools were due to re­ceive a com­bined fund­ing in­crease of $243.8 mil­lion from 2017-2021.

“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,” she said.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing long-term fund­ing cer­tainty for schools and com­mu­ni­ties and en­sur­ing ev­ery­body is treated fairly and eq­ui­tably.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to education.gov.au/qual­i­tyschools and click through to the Schools Fund­ing Es­ti­ma­tor.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents Brooke May, 13, Se­lena Smith, 13, Do­minic De Je­sus, 13, and Tyrell Lyn­don, 12 at the North West Maths Camp.

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