STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY
— FEDERAL FUNDING
810. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Education and
I refer to supplementary information
provided by the minister during the 2018–19 budget estimates indicating
that Western Australia has received over $10 million less federal government
funding for students with disability for 2018.
(1) What is the
impact of this funding shortfall on the overall funding levels for students
with disability in Western Australian schools?
(2) Has the state
government made up for the shortfall from state revenue?
(3) If no to (2), will there be any decrease in
support available for Western Australian students with disability?
(4) When does the
minister anticipate the commonwealth review will be finalised?
(5) At this
stage, does the minister anticipate any funding increase as a result of the
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. On behalf of the Minister for Education and
Training, I provide the following information.
It is important to note that the
2018 figure provided as supplementary information was a commonwealth estimate
provided to the Department of Education in November 2017.
(1) A targeted
funding allocation will continue to be provided for eligible students with
disability to meet their specific learning needs under the state's
student-centred funding model. The state combines the total commonwealth and
state funding contributions for public schools and allocates funding according
to the parameters of the student-centred funding model. This allows per student
funding for students with disability to increase, even though the federal
government's contribution for students with disability is estimated to
(2) The Quality
Schools agreement is being negotiated with the commonwealth government, and the
federal funding for students with disability over the forward estimates remains
unknown. However, the total federal funding for Western Australian public
schools is projected to increase and will assist in meeting the decrease in
federal funding for students with disability.
(3) Support for
students with disability will continue despite a decrease in the federal
(4) The 2018
funding will be reviewed as part of the commonwealth government's Mid-Year
Economic and Fiscal Outlook to reflect the current student cohort and
may result in an update to the estimated figure.
adjustment to funding will be based on changes to the student characteristics
of the student cohort.