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Productivity Commission Shines Light on Funding Distribution

Posted on 11 February 2019
Productivity Commission Shines Light on Funding Distribution

The recently released annual report of the Productivity Commission provides some interesting insights into the nature of Funding Australian schools for the latest year of its analysis - 2017.

Some of the key takeaways include:

  • The State and Territory Governments did the "heavy lifting" and contributed over $40 billion to school funding in 2017 compared to just $17.2 billion from the Federal Government
  • The great bulk of the State/Territory funds went to:
    • their own sytem schools which were in receipt of $37.1. bil from State Govts
    • in the same period the State Govts only contibuted $3.4 bil to Non Government Schools
  • The situation was reversed for the C/W:
    • Government schools received  $6.6. bil from the C/W government
    • in the same period the C/W Govt contibuted $10.6 bil to Non Government Schools
  • In spite of the claims that Non government schools receive favourable funding arrangements from the Government the important fact to note is that:

    • Non government school enrol 34.5% of all Australian Students

    • But only receive 24% of all government funding allocated to schools

The Complete Productivity Commission on School Education can be found here:

https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/child-care-education-and-training/school-education

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