Gon­ski 2.0: Win­ners and Losers

BY PETER GOSS, GRAT­TAN IN­STI­TUTE, SCHOOL ED­U­CA­TION PRO­GRAM DI­REC­TOR — From the­con­ver­sa­tion.com

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: NATIONAL -

COM­PARED to the La­bor pro­posal, most schools, sec­tors and states will feel like losers. But tax­pay­ers are big win­ners. Grat­tan In­sti­tute anal­y­sis shows that La­bor’s plan is far more ex­pen­sive than re­quired, a huge prob­lem given the state of the Fed­eral bud­get.

Com­pared to the 2016 bud­get, the big win­ners are:

• Gov­ern­ment schools in states that are cur­rently un­der­funded, es­pe­cially New South Wales, Vic­to­ria and Queens­land

• Western Aus­tralia, which re­ceives much less from the Com­mon­wealth for its gov­ern­ment schools

• Un­der­funded in­de­pen­dent schools (es­pe­cially the lower-fee schools, some of which are the most un­der­funded schools in the en­tire coun­try).

Com­pared to the 2016 bud­get, the big losers are:

• Catholic schools, which will lose a num­ber of spe­cial deals (es­pe­cially for the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory which had a spe­cial deal all of its own); more anal­y­sis is needed to un­der­stand whether they will be worse off over­all

• 24 highly over-funded schools that will have their per-stu­dent fund­ing cut

• About 300 slightly over-funded schools that will have their fund­ing slowed or frozen. It is not en­tirely clear who these schools are at this stage.

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