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State Recurrent Grant

Purpose

This grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs.

Expenditure guidelines

The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for teaching and general staff salaries, professional development, curriculum development and implementation, maintenance and general operations.

The governing body must provide acquittal details of the funds to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board External Link on an annual basis. Failure to provide acquittal details is a ground for cessation of payments.

Duration of program

Ongoing.

Policy reference

Primary and secondary schools

Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001
Chapter 13, Parts 1 to 4 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006

Eligibility

Non-state schools which have been granted eligibility for government funding status for an aspect of the operation of the school under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001.

Enrolments

Funded enrolments counted in the February School Survey Data Collection, including students eligible for Preparatory Year Funding.

Form of assistance

Formula-generated cash grant.

Payment details

Payment details for State Recurrent Grant

PaymentTarget date for paymentProportion of allocation paidEnrolments
19 January3/12 of estimated annual allocationFunded enrolments counted in the February Survey Data Collection of the previous year
229 May6/12 of annual allocation less January paymentFunded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year
319 JuneShare of residual funds for the financial yearFunded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year
49 July3/12 of annual allocationFunded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year
57 September3/12 of annual allocationFunded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year

Allocation of funds

Each school's allocation for a school calendar year can be determined, for each of the primary and secondary sectors of the school, by multiplying funded enrolments as at the end of February by the advised per student funding rate for the particular year.

Each school's rate comprises a set base component that is common for all schools (see below) and a needs component. The needs-based component is determined according to the school's School Resource Index (SRI), Commonwealth SES score, school isolation and the number of students with disability, English as a second language, from isolated areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and recipients of boarding fee concessions. Seventy-five per cent of needs funds are distributed using the SRI and SES score, 20% using the student needs data and 5% using the School Isolation Index.

The per student funding rates for the following calendar year are determined and advised to each school following finalisation of the State Budget each year.

Recent recurrent rates

Overall per student funding rates Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet671K, comprising base and needs components, are particular to each school.

The common per student base component rates are as follows:

Recent recurrent rates - base component

Type of school20112012201320142015
Primary (includes Preparatory)$1055$1055$1055$1055$1055
Secondary$1583$1583$1583$1583$1583

New opening non-state schools are funded in the first year of operation at the New Schools per student rates - made up of the common base component rates and the needs component rates determined for an 'average needs' school. The New Schools per student rates are:

Recent recurrent rates - new schools

Type of school20112012201320142015
Primary (includes preparatory)$1528$1684$1515$1648$1716
Secondary$2292$2527$2273$2473$2575

Total annual payments to non-state schools are reported each year in the departmental Annual Report.

Data requirements

Enrolment and needs details for each school are collected by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board through the State Survey Data Collection for Non-State Schools conducted in February each year.

Data requirements for State Recurrent Grant

Data requiredData sourceTime collected
Student enrolment counts by year levelState Survey Data Collection for Non-State SchoolsFebruary
School Resource IndexDepartment of Education, Training and EmploymentJune
SES ScoreCommonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsWhen available
Needs elementsState Survey Data Collection for Non-State SchoolsFebruary
Eligibility for Government funding statusCentre Information System (CIS) field maintained by School Financial ServicesAt the time of each payment

Contact

School Financial Services
Telephone: (07) 3237 0774
Facsimile: (07) 3237 1187

For information concerning the Commonwealth General Recurrent Grants, schools should consult the Australian Government's Department of Education website External Link.

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