Resource Allocation Model

The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) was developed to ensure a fair, efficient and transparent allocation of the state public education budget for every school.

The RAM consists of three components
Image: The RAM consists of three components.

Funding to NSW public schools through the RAM methodology is in its seventh year.

Every school receives a Planned School Budget Allocation Report in October that shows the full school funding allocation including staffing and operational costs. The report assists schools to develop a budget and allocate funding to deliver on the strategic directions in their school plan. It includes each school's allocations for the seven loadings of the 2020 RAM.

Annual school funding cycle

The following short video animation 'Annual School Funding Cycle' (2 mins 40 secs) explains the annual funding cycle in NSW public schools. This animation helps school communities to understand the elements used to calculate a school's annual budget allocation and key milestones in this annual cycle.

School Funding Cycle Animation.

Gonski Funding: making the difference every day

The following video 'Gonski Funding: making the difference every day' (4 mins 20 secs) provides stories of how schools have used the funding to improve student learning outcomes.

Gonski Funding making the difference every day.

Further information

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Please note, the published RAM funding table was updated in May 2020 to reflect changes to RAM Equity loadings. Changes are due to the SAS Staff pay increase (impacting the Aboriginal background loading), increased FTE allocation in the English language proficiency loading and enhanced allocation methodologies for new schools.

Staff only information

Staff can find more Strategic Schools Resourcing information on our intranet.

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