Base school allocation

The base school allocation provides funding for the core cost of educating each student and operating a school. This includes staffing (teaching/school administrative and support staff) and operational components.


Base core staffing is allocated on information provided on the OMSEE enrolment and entitlement report and continues in 2020 with existing formula applied to maintain the class size policy. Equity positions shown on the OMSEE enrolment and entitlement report are funded through the equity loading.

Go to standard cost (staff only) for further information.

Operational funding

Operational funding reflects the school type and includes:

  • school operational funding (SOF)
  • utilities
  • per capita allocation
  • location
  • urgent minor maintenance
  • teaching principals relief
  • initiative funding
  • site specific.

School operational funding

Effective from 2017 all NSW public schools saw a change in the methodology for calculating and delivery of the global funding allocation to schools.

The previous global funding model introduced in 1993 involved multiple line items and comprised four cost drivers including student, staff, school specific and site specific which were segmented by school type. The stepped nature of the model resulted in changes in enrolments causing disproportionate changes in funding.

From 2017, existing complex global funding line items were replaced with the new school operational funding allocation. It streamlined the current global funding into a new per capita/school type allocation model that better reflects the current needs of students and smoothed out the stepped effects which created funding uncertainty for many schools. Various individual line items of operational funding including, utilities, urgent minor maintenance, teaching principals relief and site specific were not incorporated into the SOF model.

Go to operational funding for more information.


Remote and/or isolated schools receive funding through the location allocation in the base.

  • Location funding is made up of two layers: remoteness and isolation
  • Schools are classified according to the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) Remoteness Structure
  • Remoteness funding is available to schools with a remoteness area classification of outer regional, remote, very remote or migratory
  • Isolation funding is available to all schools except for those with a remoteness area classification of major cities of Australia
  • Schools use funds in the year they are received.

Go to location for more information.

Staff only information

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

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