As we are all aware the SES is one of a number of factors used by the Government to calculate funding for Catholic Schools. There have been other significant factors also used including:
The NCEC are one of a number of bodies involved in a review of the effectiveness of the SES [as used within the SRS model] to determine a school community's "capacity to contribute" to the school's resource benchmark. While we wait the outcome of this Government Review, it is also interesting to note the effect of the planned move by the current LNP Government to move away from a System Weighted Average for groups of Australian Catholic Schools to assessing each school's unique SES [along with other measures as mentioned above] to calculate funding for the next 10 year period.
The Commonwealth Department of Education has recently made public the SES for all non government schools that it will be using in its funding calculation in 2018. The 2018 SES has been summarised along with the SES arrangements that were used in 2017 in the Table above. The Table compares the SES being applied in each Diocese/CEO around Australia where CaSPA schools are based. Some of the key takeaways would include:
The key point though is the "bottom line" where we see the average of all schools' 2017 SES is 102.4 while the average for all CaSPA schools for 2018 has risen to 102.7. So along with the other changes initiated in the Gonski 2.0 Funding Model, a higher SES for Catholic Schools will contribute to the expected fall in funds for many of our schools.
Needless to say this provides yet another justification for the current Review of the SES as a means of determining a school's capacity to contribute to the financing of its operations.
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