IST has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of increased funding for non-government schools over a 10-year period.

IST Executive Director Tony Crehan said that “The proposal provides certainty of funding for schools and sensibly sees all schools and states transition to an equal Commonwealth share of the Schooling Resource Standard SRS) by 2027. We support the Government’s move to make the new funding model more consistent in its application.”

He went on to say that “The Commonwealth Share of SRS for Tasmanian non-government schools will rise under this proposal from 69% in 2017 to 80% by 2027. It is not possible from this announcement alone to estimate 2018 – 2027 funding for each Tasmanian independent school. We look forward to obtaining further details to examine the impact of the proposed changes on individual schools. We also await with interest the outcome of discussions at the Education Council meeting scheduled for 18 May and consultations following the introduction of legislative amendments.”

The Commonwealth Government announced that it will from 2018 use the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) for funding decisions on students with disabilities.

Mr Crehan said that “We are pleased with the differentiation of loadings for students with disabilities into supplementary, substantial and extensive categories of need. The proposed increased loadings for students requiring extensive adjustment are urgently needed. However, it is disappointing that loadings for students requiring substantial adjustment would reduce.”

IST welcomes the engagement of Mr David Gonski AC to lead a new inquiry into improving the results of Australian students – the “Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools”.

For further information, please call Tony Crehan on (03) 6224 0125 or 0411 858 558