The average cost of educating a child at an independent school is much the same as educating a child at a state school. Education costs include increases in teacher salaries, capital costs for new buildings and maintenance programs plus implementation of the Australian curriculum. Independent schools receive funding from Federal and State Governments calculated as a proportion of the cost of educating a child in a state school. Governments provide more funding to independent schools which serve the neediest communities. This needs-based funding approach makes independent schools more accessible to everyone. It means that parents of all income levels have even greater educational choice.
The way Australian schools are funded is changing from 1 January 2018. This follows the recent passage of amendments to the legislation that governs how the Australian Government’s $250billion 10-year budget for school education is shared among state and non-state schools. The changes, which are contained in the Australian Education Amendment Act 2017, are designed to deliver a fairer and more consistent approach to the distribution of Commonwealth school funding. The changes are significant, and will affect schools in different ways. There ae also a number of elements of the existing school funding regime that will remain the same.
For further information see the following FACT SHEETS from Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and the Australian Government and an INDEPENDENT UPDATE from Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), the national peak body for the Australian independent schools sector.