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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


Policy reference

2012 Election Commitment.

Further information regarding Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) Adobe PDF document External Link


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 Website (

Payment details


How to apply

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


State Schools Division
Telephone: (07) 3513 5848

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