Australia's most overfunded schools revealed

Australia

Federal Education Department data shows that some private schools are receiving taxpayer funding almost three times greater than their entitlements.

The data – which was tabled as part of 2014 Senate Estimates – revealed that in 2014, more than 150 private schools across Australia received funding above their Schooling Resourcing Standard (SRS).

The SRS measures how much government funding each school is entitled to, including extra loadings to help address disadvantage.

The school that was shown to be the most overfunded in the country was Loreto Kirribilli, located in Sydney, which received 283% of its funding entitlement.

However, Peter Goss, school education program director at the Grattan Institute, told The Educator that equal attention should be paid to overfunded schools in the public and Catholic system.

“The data won’t show this, because government and Catholic schools are treated as a system, but the point holds,” he said.

“The principle is that schools should be funded on the basis of need, regardless where they are. Every dollar spent on a school that is over-funded compared to need is a dollar that can’t be spent on a school that needs it more.”

Goss added that the data shows that some independent schools are actually funded way below their needs-based entitlement.

“Parents in those schools have just as much right to be furious about the way the funding model works as a parent in an under-funded Catholic or government school,” he said.

“Yet this part of the story has not been well told.”

 
NSW: most over-funded private schools 

Loreto Kirribilli

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 283%
Annual fees (senior years): $18,675
 
Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College 

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 277%
Annual fees (senior years):  $19,680
 
Saint Ignatius' College Riverview

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 263%
Annual fees (senior years): $25,680

Brigidine College, St Ives

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 197%
Annual fees $16,330

Northern Beaches Christian School, Terrey Hills

Government funding to school resourcing standard: 184%
Annual fees (senior years) $13,990


Victoria: most over-funded private schools

St Paul's College Kew, special school for students with disabilities

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 165%
Fees: NA

Melbourne Grammar School

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 144%
Annual fees (senior years): $30,360

Al Siraat College

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 135%
Annual fees (senior years): $2,732

Christ Church Grammar School, South Yarra

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 130%
Annual fees (senior years) $26,005

Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Government funding to School Resourcing Standard: 126%
Annual fees: NA