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Question On Notice No. 1470 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 August 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Education and Training
Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 1743- View tabled paper
Question

I refer to per capita grants provided by the Western Australian Government to non-government schools, and I ask:
(a) for each non-government school, please list:
(i) how much total funding has been allocated for 2018; and
(ii) the per student funding rate for 2018?

Answered on 11 September 2018

 (a)(i)-(ii)     See Tabled Paper No.

Funding is determined and calculated bi-annually according to the February and August censuses. The table of grants in the tabled paper represents the grants paid in Semester 1, 2018. A similar quantum of payments will be paid in Semester 2, 2018, subject to the movements in enrolments at a particular school. Per-student funding rates vary depending on the level of schooling and the funding category of a particular school. Special education loadings of 110%, 210% and 360% are provided for eligible students with disabilities on top of the base rates given below. A high-support needs grant is provided for students with very severe disabilities. Special education and high-support need grants are included in the grant totals reported in the tabled paper, according to the categories in the following table:

 

Funding Category

Kindergarten

Primary

Middle School

Upper Secondary

(4 sessions)

(PP-Y6)

(Y7-Y10)

(Y11-Y12)

2018

2018

2018

2018

$

$

$

$

A

2 536

1 690

2 484

2 566

B

2 922

1 946

2 862

3 156

 

 

 

 

 

C

2 934

1 957

2 875

3 233

D

3 026

2 017

2 966

3 329

E

3 175

2 116

3 109

3 475

F

3 311

2 206

3 243

3 588

G

3 415

2 277

3 347

3 718

GA

5 088

3 393

4 987

5 534

H

 

 

4 987

5 534

I

6 769

4 514

6 635

7 312

J

0

9 810

14 421

15 888

HSN

(High Support Needs)

14 631

36 577

36 577

36 577

 

The funding categories can be generally described as follows:

A                     High-Fee Schools

B,C,D              Mid to high-fee schools

E                      Mid-fee schools

F                      Low-fee schools

G                     Very low fee, predominantly rural schools

GA                  Very low fee, rural boarding schools, catering for Aboriginal students

H                     Curriculum and Re-Engagement Schools

I                       Remote, sole provider Aboriginal community schools

J                       Agricultural Schools

 

Six of the current State funding categories (A to G) are based on the original 12 Commonwealth Education Resources Index (ERI) funding categories. The ERI was a measure of revenue-raising ability. Additional high-needs categories also exist for students at non-mainstream non-government schools (GA to J).

Although the Commonwealth replaced the ERI with the socio-economic status and capacity to contribute models, reviews of the State’s funding methodology in 2002 and 2015 recommended that the existing ERI-based model be retained.

Retention of the model was supported by the non-government school sector in Western Australia.