This grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs.
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 on an annual basis. Failure to provide acquittal details is a ground for cessation of payments.
Non-state schools which have been granted eligibility for government funding by the Minister for Education, Training and Employment for an aspect of the operation of the school under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001.
Funding is provided to schools based on eligibile enrolments counted in the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board's annual School Survey Data for Non-State Schools, which includes students eligible for Preparatory Year funding.
Formula-generated cash grant.
Payment details for State Recurrent Grant
|Payment||Target date for payment||Proportion of allocation paid||Enrolments|
|1||9 January||3/12 of estimated annual allocation||Funded enrolments counted in the February Survey Data Collection of the previous year|
|2||29 May||6/12 of annual allocation less January payment||Funded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year|
|3||19 June||Share of residual funds for the financial year||Funded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year|
|4||9 July||3/12 of annual allocation||Funded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year|
|5||7 September||3/12 of annual allocation||Funded enrolments counted in February Survey Data Collection of the current year|
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 school's per student funding rate for the particular year.
Each school's rate comprises a set base component that is common for all schools and a needs component particular to each school depending on its unique needs profile. 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 early in Term 4 each year.
Current and historical recurrent funding rates for all schools are available here: Per student funding rates 671K.
Recent recurrent rates - new schools
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:
|Type of school||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015|
|Primary (includes preparatory)||$1528||$1684||$1515||$1648||$1716|
Recent recurrent rates - Special Assistance Schools
Special Assistance Schools are schools specifically established to cater for students who are disengaged from mainstream education; they do not charge tuition fees and are almost entirely dependent on Government funding to operate.
In recognition of the special nature of services they provide to the State's most vulnerable students, Special Assistance Schools receive a guaranteed minimum rate of State recurrent funding which is higher than most other non-state schools, as follows:
|Type of Special Assistance School||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015|
|Primary (includes preparatory)||$1979||$2164||$2128||$2177||$2215|
Total annual recurrent payments to non-state schools are reported each year in the departmental Annual Report.
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 .
This page was last reviewed on 12 Feb 2015