How schools are funded

The main source of funding for our government schools is distributed through the Student Resource Package (SRP). Most of the money included in the package is core student funding, which is worked out based on enrolment numbers, stages of learning and the school’s location.

The SRP also includes equity funding, which provides additional money for schools with students who face extra barriers to education. This helps ensure that we are providing appropriate funding to support students and schools that need it most.

Equity funding might be used to:

  • create a safe, stimulating and supportive school environment by expanding health and wellbeing support and implementing homework clubs
  • ensure time in the classroom is as effective as possible through small group or one-on-one teaching, engaging high-performing teachers in a particular curriculum area, or increasing specialist skills for teachers
  • link schools with communities through parental outreach programs, or community partnership roles for school leaders.