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Early Start - Back to Basics


To assist state schools to implement and respond to Early Start literacy and numeracy monitoring tasks with Prep to Year 2 students.

Duration of program



State schools with enrolments in Prep to Year 2.

Allocation of funds

A fixed annual budget of $5.746m is allocated to schools based on the following.

*ICSEA is a scale that measures educational disadvantage determined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) through the collection of student family background data.

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
Prep to Year 2 enrolmentsPerformance Monitoring and Reporting BranchCensus February and August
ICSEA valuesMySchool websiteSeptember

Payment details


How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for this funding. Entitlements are automatically calculated and paid each year.

Further information

2012 election commitment.

For further information please refer to the ICSEA factsheet Adobe PDF document External Link or the contact details below.


State Schools Division
Telephone: (07) 3513 5848

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