Time For Facts on School Funding

Media outlets that consistently and repeatedly publish only Commonwealth government school funding creates a false and misleading impression of the overall public funding for non-government schools.

An article in a major metropolitan newspaper, in the context of a Federal election campaign, told readers that –

“It is good to remind voters the federal government funds school education this way: $3,282 per government school student, $9,694 per Independent school student and $10,788 per Catholic school student.”

This is only half of the story, and provides an entirely misleading picture.

The data linked in that story reveals that state governments fund school education this way: $12,238 per government school student, $2,499 per Independent school student and $2,828 per Catholic school student. [Source: ACARA, National Report on Schooling 2020 data]  

Therefore, total per-student school funding in each education sector is:

  • Government – $15,520,
  • Catholic – $13,616,
  • Independent – $12,194.

Funding to non-government schools reflects the bipartisan recognition of ‘the common good’ they make, as evidenced by the comprehensive research published in 2020 as part of the Cardus Education Survey.

ValuEd Voices believes that media outlets should accurately report on State/Territory and Commonwealth funding, to properly inform debate on this issue.

A debate based on misleading facts will ultimately lead to unfair outcomes for all schools.

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FAIR FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS.