EAL Levels 1-5 (Reference 26)
The EAL program funding in the SRP 2018 consists of two main parts:
- EAL Index funding (Levels 1 – 5)
- EAL Contingency funding. See: EAL Contingency
In addition, if applicable, the lines EAL for Refugees, Non Metro English Language Centre or EAL - MEA will also appear in a school’s SRP budget details. See Note below.
Allocation of EAL Index funding
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.
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.
Table 1: 2018 EAL and MEA thresholds
|Sector ||Threshold ($) |
* Thresholds are applied independently for Pri/Sec campuses
Table 2: 2018 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: 2018 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: 2018 Allocation matrix for total EAL index funding plus MEA
|Level || Description ||Weighting|| SFO Weighting |
|1||In year Prep ||1.00 || 318.68|| 531.14|| 743.60|
|2 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 1-6||2.00 || 637.37||1,062.28||1,487.19|
|3 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 1-6||4.00 ||1,274.74||2,124.56||2,974.39|
|4 ||2-5 years in Australian school Years 7-12||5.09 ||1,622.10||2,703.51||3,784.91|
|5 ||<2 years in Australian school Years 7-12||7.64 ||2,434.74||4,057.91|
Teacher salary charges to schools in 2018 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: 2018 Salary Rates
English Language Schools and Centres
Schools and centres receive a special purpose SRP under the diverse settings provisions.
Funding is based on target enrolments established by the Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division. Classes are funded at a student:teacher ratio of 13:1.
English Language Schools receive a per-student 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 receive a per-student rate only. They do not receive the base as that base support is provided by the host school.
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 .547) and
- 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.
Non-Metro English Language Centres
Funding for Non-Metro English Language Centres is based on target enrolments established by the Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division. Classes are funded at a student:teacher ratio of 13:1.
Funding includes allocations for EAL teachers, Multicultural Education Aides, welfare, outreach and transition support.
EAL – MEA
An allocation for the employment of Multicultural Education Aides is made to English Language Schools and Centres (ELS/Cs) based on target enrolments. The current student:MEA ratio is 65:1.
EAL index funding is made available to schools to staff EAL programs with appropriately qualified EAL teachers and Multicultural Education Aides.