The Australian Education funding system is unnecessarily complex I think, following is an Article on ABC Here’s how Australia’s schools are funded which has a breakdown of where a school of Public, Catholic and Private Sector derive their funding from and how much as well.
The majority of funding for Australian schools — in fact, about three-quarters of it — comes from the state and territory governments.
Most of the money in the pot goes to public schools — but the proportion going to private schools has climbed in recent years.
Three in every five dollars of Commonwealth funding goes to private schools. Nearly all state and territory funding go to public schools.
The Catholic school system educates about 20 per cent of children at all levels and other private schools have 14 percent of students, with the rest in public schools. Seventy percent of primary school students go to public schools, but the number of secondary students in public schools has now fallen below 60 per cent. That means that overall, more than one-third of Australian students are in private schools.
In 2013 totalling up the Federal, State and Private source each public school student get $11,548, each Catholic student gets $11,204 and each private school student gets average $16,235. The amount of different sector derives their funding is vastly different.
There is also some good information how and why historically this funding system coming into being and persist to this day. So it is definitely worth a read. I will try to see if I can more information how the SES model is constructed and this should give more insight on the fairness of the funding model.
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