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CaSPA does some heavy lifting in its support for Remote Australia

Posted on 6 November 2018
CaSPA does some heavy lifting in its support for Remote Australia
There have been two high profile themes in recent political debate:
  • Transparent and genuine needs based funding for all school sectors
  • Over crowding in our major populations centers and the related theme of providing adequate services for Regional and Remote areas

The following data is very interesting in terms of these two issues. As you are possibly aware, the ABS and others utilise a Remoteness Areas Index to divide Australia into 5 classes of remoteness on the basis of a measure of relative access to services. Remoteness Areas are intended for the purpose of releasing and analysing statistical data to inform research and policy development in Australia. Based on the 2018 Census of Australian Schools we see that Catholic Secondary schools are:

  • under represented in the major cities giving the lie to the characterization of the typical Catholic School having over abundant resources and catering for those in the most affluent areas of the country
  • CaSPA schools have a significantly HIGHER presence than the general population in the most needy and challenging areas of the country
    • Remote areas [100% higher than general population]
    • Very Remote areas [50% higher than general population]
    • In fact CaSPA schools are the only providers of education in a number of these remote/very remote settings.

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