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2017 School Census provides sobering view of CaSPA enrolments - what will they look like post Gonski 2.0?

Posted on 6 November 2017
2017 School Census provides sobering view of CaSPA enrolments - what will they look like post Gonski 2.0?

The results of the 2017 Commonwealth Census of School Enrolments provides a very sobering message to CaSPA Schools.

CaSPA has obtained a copy of the official Census used to calculate funding for schools and systems which are based on enrolments in schools at August 2017.

When compared with the data provided at the corresponding time in 2016 we find these key take aways:

  • a very small increase of around 200 students across the country [.06%]
  • decreases in half the jurisdictions:
    • the most pronounced in South Australia [-1.45%]
    • then WA [-0.9%]
    • followed by ACT [-0.64%]
    • and a small decrease in NSW [-0.025]
  • the only significant growth in numbers was in Victoria and Queensland which saw an increase of around 1,000 students across the two jurisdictions
  • NT saw a large percentage increase [1.83%] but this came off a relatively small base and represented 40 students
  • Tasmanian numbers remained stable

In meetings with principals around the country in the last few months, there is growing concern about the effects of what is proposed in the Gonski 2.0 funding models. There is considerable anecdotal evidence from principals who indicate that their prospective intakes for 2018 are down on previous years, as families consider the prospect of a decline in funding for schools and the necessity of those schools raising fees in order to maintain operations.

At CaSPA we would appreciate hearing from you, if you believe your school is being adversely affected in this way, please pass on your information to admin@caspa.edu.au

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