School funds estimator now online
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.
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.