Investing for success



State schools will use funding to support students to achieve improved outcomes across all stages of schooling.

Duration of program



All state schools.

Expenditure guidelines

Schools are required to track usage of the 2020 Investing for Success funding through a dedicated cost centre within OneSchool. This cost centre is 2070—Great Results Guarantee/Investing for Success, and all expenditure of Investing for Success funding must be charged against this cost centre. 

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. Principals may choose to share this information with their school communities in a variety of ways.

Funding methodology

Each school's funding includes a base component that is calculated using student enrolments and loading components to provide additional resources based on student and school characteristics.

Base amounts will be finalised using Day 8 2020 enrolment data.

Loading components that contribute to your school’s 2020 Investing for Success funding have been calculated and finalised using enrolment information collected in Semester 1, 2019. Finalising these inputs using 2019 data gives schools greater certainty about their Investing for Success funding (about half the total amount is allocated through loadings) and will help plan staffing and services for 2020.

Base amount: $242 per student enrolled in all year levels, for all school types.


Senior Executive Services (SES): $440 per student with an Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSED) value in the lowest quintile (Quintile 1) of Queensland values; and $247 per student with an IRSED value in Quintile 2.

Indigenous: $330 for each Indigenous student enrolled in Prep–Year 12.

Students with Disability (SWD): $330 per student with an approved EAP Profile with a score in Quartiles 3 or 4 enrolled in a mainstream school; $219 per student enrolled in a special school.

English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) (non-refugees): $2,529 for each EAL/D non-refugee student born outside Australia who had a standard lower than a ‘C' standard in English reported in Semester 1, 2019.

Refugees: $6,871 for each student enrolled who is a third-year refugee.

School location: $77 per student enrolled in a very remote school, $38 per student enrolled in a remote school, and $17 per student enrolled in an outer provincial school.

School size: $29,271 per school for medium to larger-sized primary schools (enrolments greater than 600 and less than or equal to 800) to ensure capacity and capability to manage finances.

The minimum amount of Investing for Success funding a school can receive is set at $5,496. Almost 90 very small schools (usually one-teacher schools), special purpose schools and Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres are provided with funding to ensure they receive this minimum amount.

Top-up funding is allocated to schools to ensure they receive at least the same amount of funding that was provided in the 2015 Great Results Guarantee.

Base and loading funding components have increased in 2020 in line with indexation of 2.5%.

Payment details

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

*Payments in Terms 1 and 2 are based on indicative funding allocations (based on 2019 enrolment figures). The Term 3 payment will reflect adjustments for increases or decreases in student enrolment, when 2019 enrolment data are finalised. The Term 4 payment will be 10% of the final allocation.

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
School enrolmentsDay 8 Staffing Enrolment CollectionFebruary 2020
Student resultsOneSchoolSemester 1 2019
Student characteristicsOneSchoolFebruary 2019
School characteristicsOneSchoolFebruary 2019
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
Telephone (07) 3513 5815

Last updated 18 November 2019