Remote and/or isolated schools receive funding through the location allocation in the base school allocation.
In 2022 the location allocation delivers funding to 1,009 schools to recognise needs in relation to:
- remoteness – disadvantage due to distance from population centres and the additional cost of goods and services
- isolation – disadvantage due to distance from other schools and educational resources.
The location allocation measures remoteness using the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+). ARIA+ is widely used across Australia and has become recognised as a nationally consistent measure of geographic remoteness.
How are remoteness and isolation calculated?
The remoteness allocation provides funding to all schools classified under the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) remoteness area classification as outer regional, remote and very remote or migratory.
The road distances measured between populated localities are used to generate an index with values ranging from zero (high accessibility) to 15 (high remoteness). It forms the basis for the ABS remoteness area classification and has been the standard ABS endorsed measure of remoteness since 2011.
Weighting - enrolments are multiplied by a weighting factor that increases according to the school's ABS remoteness area classification:
- outer regional Australia – 1.0
- remote Australia – 1.5
- very remote Australia and migratory – 2.0.
The isolation component of the location loading is based on 2 main components:
- distance – isolation is determined by the total road distance from one school to its nearest 5 schools (of any type)
- enrolments – isolation is multiplied by the school's enrolments divided by the sum of its enrolments and the enrolments of its nearest 5 schools (of any type).
There is a minimum isolation funding of $400 per eligible school and a maximum funding of $100,000.
Schools have the flexibility to decide how these resources will be best used to address school needs associated with remoteness and/or isolation.