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Investing for Success


To assist schools to improve student outcomes.

In 2014, the Queensland Government commenced a four-year funding initiative to improve student outcomes and school performance. This program passes on to Queensland state schools $794 million provided by the Australian Government's Students First initiative.

In 2014 and 2015, $131 million and $183 million from this initiative was provided to state schools through the Great Results Guarantee. The remaining $480 million in additional Students First funding is being allocated in full across 2016 and 2017.

Allocation of the remaining funding in 2016 and 2017 will build on the needs-based method to better direct funding to students and schools requiring the most support. This change in allocative method is reflected in a change of name to Investing for Success (I4S) from 2016.

All Queensland state schools (including Independent Public Schools) will receive a share of the funding in 2016 and 2017.

Each school will enter into an agreement outlining the school's targeted student improvements, initiatives to be implemented and the actions and costs associated with those initiatives.

The funding will include base components calculated using student enrolments and loading components to provide additional resources based on student and school characteristics.

Independent Public Schools must establish an agreement with their School Council and all other state schools are to enter into an agreement with the Director-General of the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Schools will publish their agreements on their websites so that the community can see how this funding is being used.

Schools have the flexibility and autonomy to decide how the funding should be invested. Student performance is measured throughout the year and schools are required to demonstrate to the school community how the extra funding is helping to maximise learning outcomes for all students.

Schools will report to their communities each year on the success of their Investing for Success initiatives. The Principal can decide the best forum and format for communicating the school's progress, which may include publishing a simple snapshot report on the school's website.

Reporting of Investing for Success progress should clearly and succinctly provide accurate information about progress the school has made on each initiative towards the target outcomes. This report may include using a 'traffic light' system to help summarise the status of each strategy such as:

An optional template is available, which schools are welcome to use.

These are targeted funds using OneSchool cost centre 2070.

Duration of Program


Policy Reference

Investing for Success (DETE employees only) OnePortal page.


All state schools.

Payment details

Term 1February40% annual allocation
Term 2May10% annual allocation
Term 3July40% annual allocation
Term 4October10% annual allocation

OneSchool Expenditure Cost Centre: 2070

Allocation of Funds

Indicative Investing for Success school funding allocations are communicated to schools in September-October each year with allocations finalised in Term 1 of the payment year. Further information on the allocations and how these are calculated are available to schools on OnePortal (DETE employees only). Principals may choose to share this information with their school communities in a variety of forums. More than $239 million has been allocated for distribution to schools during 2016-17.

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
School enrolmentsDay 8 Staffing Enrolment CollectionFebruary
Student resultsOneSchoolSemester 1 previous year
Student characteristicsOneSchoolFebruary
School characteristicsOneSchoolFebruary
Remote Area ClassificationsAustralian Bureau of StatisticsCensus
Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSED)Australian Bureau of StatisticsCensus

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for this funding. Entitlements will be automatically calculated and paid.


State Schools Division
Telephone: (07) 3513 5848

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