Government funds allocated to state schools might be categorised as either 'core' or 'targeted'. Core funds are provided to meet day-to-day costs in all schools. Targeted funds are allocated to certain schools in recognition that, to achieve desired educational outcomes or to provide appropriate educational experiences, these schools require enhanced funding levels.
Targeted funds are provided to enhance educational outcomes and/or experiences for students or groups of students identified with specific needs. It is an accountability requirement that the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) specifically identify targeted appropriations. Government targeted appropriations must be acknowledged within the body of AIP along with information about how these funds were used to enhance student learning outcomes.
This process is the mechanism to assure the Director-General of Education that funds have been spent in accordance with prescribed guidelines and have fostered designated outcomes.