Operational funding

The base school allocation comprises staffing and 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
  • site specific.

Operational funding reflects published enrolment and entitlement reports including full-time equivalent (FTE) entitlement contained in equity loadings.

School operational funding (SOF)

School operational funding is provided to support the operation of the school.

The school operational funding is allocated according to nine input parameter rates generated by school type. Allocations where applicable are based on published Actual enrolment and entitlement reports.

The input parameters are:

  • base school operational funding allocation
  • primary enrolment
  • secondary enrolment
  • senior enrolment (Years 11 and 12)
  • primary teacher staff entitlement
  • secondary teacher staff entitlement
  • immediate school administrative and support staff (SASS) entitlement, which includes:
    • Aboriginal education officer (AEO) (primary, secondary and pre-school)
    • School learning support officer (SLSO) (primary and secondary bilingual, primary and secondary, pre-school and Centre for Effective Reading)
  • primary non immediate SASS entitlement, includes all categories of SASS with the exception of AEO and SLSO
  • secondary non immediate SASS entitlement, includes all categories of SASS with the exception of AEO and SLSO.

The school types include:

  • primary school
  • secondary school
  • central school
  • schools for specific purposes (SSP)
  • environmental education centre (EEC)
  • intensive English centre
  • community care schools (also known as education and training units (ETU).

Per capita allocation

The per capita allocation is based on National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) data – FTE enrolments for mainstream and support classes.

Some specialised settings receive a higher weighted per capita loading due to the intensive nature of teaching support required. In the School budget allocation report, schools are provided with a table showing the per capita allocation by enrolments in:

  • preschool
  • primary
  • primary support
  • secondary
  • secondary support
  • specialised settings.

Notional enrolments apply for specialised settings and the number of classes.

The per capita allocation gives principals more flexibility in their local decision making to meet the unique needs of students in their school.

Schools have flexibility with this operational resource and may choose to use this allocation to:

  • enhance teaching resources
  • allocate additional resources to support specific programs
  • employ a range of personnel to support student learning needs.

Site specific

Site specific allocations include a list of items that relate to particular settings. Examples include (but aren’t limited to):

  • agriculture grant
  • community centre
  • hygiene grant
  • pool chemicals
  • school security banking
  • supervisor of female students
  • Schools for specific purposes (SSP) supplementary funding
  • year adviser.

Schools will see the allocations that are applicable to their school only.

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