Providing incentives for parents to pay for schooling is good public policy.
For forty years, Australian governments have supported parental choice in schooling by providing funding for non-government schools on a needs basis. Funding from the Commonwealth comprises a minimum per capita amount which recognises a community obligation to support the education of all children, and a needs-based component which reflects wide differences in parents’ capacity to contribute to their children’s education.
This public funding has opened the way for parents from all income brackets and social backgrounds to have access to non-government schooling, if they choose. The result is a high quality education system across the board, greatly increased private investment and savings to the public purse.