In Victoria, almost 64 per cent of students are educated in a government school. These schools rely on government funding to operate. As the funding available is finite, the Department of Education and Training (DET) needs to determine how to best allocate it to maximise student outcomes. The Student Resource Package’s (SRP) objectives include improving the targeting of resources by aligning them to student learning needs.
In 2019, the Victorian Government signed the National School Reform Agreement, committing to increasing its school funding by 2023. Given this significant financial investment, it is timely to assess whether DET is making the most of funds intended for government schools to help improve student learning outcomes.
This audit examines whether the DET:
- allocates funding in alignment with the SRP objectives
- uses a transparent allocation process
- accurately allocates SRP funds to Victorian government schools.