DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION —
NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS FUNDING ORDER
526. Hon PETER COLLIER to
the Minister for Education and Training:
My question without notice is asked
on behalf of Hon Nick Goiran, who is on urgent parliamentary business. I refer
to the non-government schools funding order 2020, applicable from 1 January
(1) Did the minister make the order
on 15 December 2019?
(2) What are the descriptors for
each state funding category, A through to J?
(3) Will the
minister table the document that sets out the criteria that must be met in
order for any group to qualify for each category?
(4) Which of
these categories do special education centres, special schools and the Telethon
Speech and Hearing Centre fall under?
(5) If nil to any
of (4), what is the basis and method of public funding for those students?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(2) The state funding categories can be generally
described as follows: A, high-fee schools; B, C and D, mid to high-fee
schools; E, mid-fee schools; F, low-fee schools; H, Curriculum and Reengagement
in Education Schools—CARE schools; G and GA, very low fee,
predominantly rural schools; I, remote sole-provider Aboriginal community
schools; and J, agricultural schools.
(3) Funding categories for individual schools are
historic. For independent schools being registered for the first time an appropriate funding category is determined
primarily through an analysis of relative fee levels and a comparison with like schools. Mainstream
Catholic schools are categorised at the system level, equivalent
generally to category F. All new CARE schools automatically attract the
category H rate. Existing schools can apply for funding re-categorisation by
contacting the Department of Education.
(4) No schools are recognised or registered as either
special education centres or special schools in the non-government school sector in Western Australia.
Non-government schools that enrol students with special needs receive
additional funding in the form of special education loadings to their general
per capita funding and/or high support needs grants for students with the most
significant needs. Special education loadings of 110 per cent, 210 per cent and
360 per cent are provided in addition to the base per capita rates for eligible
students with mild, moderate or severe disabilities. The high support needs
rate is provided for students with the most significant disabilities. All
students enrolled at the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre attract the HSN
rate. The special funding arrangement to Telethon Speech and Hearing is
longstanding and is the only one of its type in WA. The higher level of funding
provided to the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre reflects both the
significant educational needs of students with speech and hearing issues and
the commensurate costs borne by the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre to
support those students.
(5) Not applicable.