Briefing paper

Over-funding of private schools to increase while public schools remain under-funded

School funding Educational finance Government schools Non-Government schools

Current school funding arrangements are heavily biased against public schools. Private schools will be over-funded by $6 billion from 2021 to 2029 while public schools will be under-funded by nearly $60 billion. The Morrison Government has abandoned all pretense at funding private schools according to need and it has washed its hands of ensuring that public schools are fully funded. Private schools are lavishly funded while public schools are starved of funds needed to make a difference for the vast majority of disadvantaged students. The Morrison Government has conspired with state governments through the bilateral funding agreements to under-fund public schools indefinitely.

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