Govt releases online school funding calculator

Govt releases online school funding calculator

The Federal Government has launched an online calculator to enable parents and schools to assess the impact of planned funding changes

The Online Estimator will allow parents, families and schools to see how they will benefit from the additional $18.6bn investment in Australian schools.

The Federal Government also released data showing that all but 251 schools across Australia will experience growth of 2.5% or more and that more than 4,500 schools will experience growth of above 5%.

Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, said the estimator would help parents and schools understand what the Turnbull Government’s funding plan means for them.

“From today the Turnbull Government is delivering the information parents, teachers and principals need from our needs-based funding plan to make long-term plans for the future of each child and each school,” Minister Birmingham said in a statement.

Birmingham added that the funding plan will see an additional $18.6b of needs-based funding provided to Australian schools over the next decade.

“My department has been in contact with the schools set for a funding reduction under our plan to ensure those communities have the information and support to work through those changes,” he said.

“Unlike the special deals the Labor Party stitched up, the Turnbull Government recognises true needs-based funding cannot be distorted by secret handshakes that favour states and sectors over one another.”

Responding to concerns that Catholic schools will lose out under the new funding model, Birmingham said the needs-based formula ensures that per-student funding will remain higher in this sector.

Per-student funding in the Catholic sector is estimated to be $12,493 per-student in 2027 compared to $10,853 per-student in the independent sector.

Under the new funding model, dozens of wealthy private schools will see reduced funding per-student when the funding plan is implemented, with a further 353 schools worse off as they transition to their appropriate resourcing standard over the next decade.

Below are the 24 independent schools with a predicted reduction in Federal Government funding per-student


Loreto Kirribilli, NSW

Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, NSW

St Aloysius' College, NSW

St Pius X College, NSW

Mount St Benedict College (Pennant Hills), NSW

Daramalan College, ACT

Hillbrook Anglican School, QLD

Radford College, ACT

Burgmann Anglican School, ACT

Marist College Canberra, ACT

Brigidine College, St Ives, NSW

Brindabella Christian College, ACT

Stella Maris College Manly, NSW

Oakhill College Castle Hill, NSW

Covenant Christian School, NSW

Waverley College, NSW

St Scholastica's College, NSW

Northern Beaches Christian School, NSW

Masada College High School, NSW

Cannon Hill Anglican College, QLD

Inner Sydney Montessori School, NSW

Orana Steiner School, ACT

St Augustine's College, NSW

St Edmund's College, ACT