EAL program funding for primary and secondary schools in the SRP consists primarily of EAL Index funding (Levels 1 – 5). Schools that experience a significant increase to their EAL student profile during the school year may also be eligible for
EAL Contingency funding.
EAL program funding for English language schools and centres in the SRP supports a targeted number of students and provides services to EAL students that are not currently enrolled in a full time program. Schools and centres that experience a significant increase to their EAL student profile during the school year may also be eligible for EAL Contingency funding.
Funding for primary and secondary schools
EAL index funding (levels 1-5)
EAL index funding is made available to schools to staff EAL programs with appropriately qualified EAL teachers and Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs).
EAL index funding is based on data collected from schools in the preceding August School Census.
Allocation of EAL Index funding
EAL index funding is allocated to schools to provide EAL programs for students based on the number of students who:
- come from a language background other than English
- speak a language other than English at home as their main language
- have been enrolled in an Australian school for less than five years
- attract Student Resource Package (SRP) funding.
Schools should plan programs that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate the changes that occur to their EAL populations during the school year. This can be due to new enrolments or students transferring or leaving.
Schools hosting intensive English language support programs (also known as outpost programs) should note that funding for EFT for these programs is included in the English Language School’s or Centre’s Student Resource Package.
EAL funding is based on an integrated weighted index for primary and secondary students.
This is applied to the number of students meeting the EAL index funding criteria, as identified in the August School census.
A school’s EAL allocation will include a weighting to reflect the differing densities of Student Family Occupations.
This weighting reflects the high correlation between student outcomes and family occupation to target funding to schools with EAL learners with greatest need.
A campus is required to reach a threshold before funding will apply.
Rates - 2020
Table 1: EAL and MEA thresholds:
|Sector ||Threshold ($) |
* Thresholds are applied independently for Pri/Sec campuses
Table 2: Index levels and level descriptions:
|Level ||Description ||Weighting |
|1 ||In year Prep ||1.00 |
|2 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 1-6 ||2.00 |
|3 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 1-6 ||4.00 |
|4 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 7-12 ||5.09 |
|5 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 7-12 ||7.64 |
Table 3: Weightings applied to campuses which have differing densities of Student Family Occupations (SFO):
|Level ||Description ||Weight |
|1 ||SFO density less than or equal to 52.73% ||0.60 |
|2 ||SFO density greater than 52.74% but less than or equal to 54.69% ||1.00 |
|3 ||SFO density greater than 54.70% ||1.40 |
The combined effect of Tables 1 and 2 results in the following matrix:
Table 4: Allocation matrix for total EAL index funding plus MEA:
|Level || Description ||Weighting|| SFO Weighting |
|1||In year Prep ||1.00 || 340.05|| 566.76|| 793.46|
|2 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 1-6||2.00 || 680.11||1,133.51||1,586.92|
|3 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 1-6||4.00 ||1,360.22||2,267.03||3,173.84|
|4 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 7-12||5.09 ||1,730.87||2,884.79||4,038.71|
|5 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 7-12||7.64 ||2,598.01||4,330.01|
Teacher salary charges to schools will continue to be based on actual payroll debits for individual staff as reflected on eduPay. This includes the actual cost of annual leave loading and all allowances, such as higher duties and special payments. Also included are non-cash benefits for teachers.
Table 5: Salary Rates:
Other funding for EAL programs
If applicable, the following lines will also appear in a school's SRP budget details.
EAL for Refugees – Primary, EAL for Refugees – Secondary
An additional loading is provided to campuses:
- that receive EAL Index funding and
- have an SFO weighting below 1.4 (this equates to an SFO density greater than 0.547)
- have 10 or more refugee students enrolled.
In these cases the school is provided with funding for the refugee students at an SFO weighting of 1.4.
EAL Student Services
Primary and secondary schools that coordinate EAL cluster programs are provided with funding to employ EAL specialists to provide advice and guidance to teachers in cluster schools to build their understanding, knowledge and capacity to meet EAL student learning needs.
Funding for English language schools and centres
Funding for English language schools and centres is based on target enrolments established by the Learning, Teaching and Pathways Division, in consultation with regions and schools. Classes are funded at a student to teacher ratio of 13:1.
English Language Schools receive a per target enrolment rate and a base to provide both safety net and support. Both of these allocations are multiples of the rates that apply in standard settings.
English language centres are campuses of a primary or secondary school. Base support is provided by the primary or secondary school and the centre receives a per target enrolment rate.
Table 6: English language school and centre target enrolment rates
|||Credit ($)||Cash ($)||Total ($)|
|School - Primary||11,691||918||12,609|
|School - Secondary||14,356||949||15,305|
|Centre - Primary||12,511||735||13,246|
EAL – Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs)
An allocation for the employment of Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs) is made to English language schools and centres based on target enrolments. The current student to MEA ratio is 65:1. Campuses with target enrolments below 65 are entitled to a 1.0 EFT MEA and for campuses above 65 the 65:1 ratio applies.
EAL Student Services
In addition, English language schools and centres receive funding to provide services to EAL students who are not yet or no longer enrolled in a full-time intensive program. These services include outreach services, transition support for high needs refugee students and delivery of outpost programs.
Funding is also provided to the Victorian School of Languages to deliver the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program.