Standard cost

A standard cost approach means that staff on different bands of the same employee classification will cost the same to schools. Positions on the school’s published enrolment and entitlement reports are funded and charged at the same rate.

The greatest expenditure incurred by schools is for classroom teachers. Around 90% of a school's budget relates to staffing. Standard cost for teaching and non-teaching positions is updated annually.

In 2021 the standard cost of a teacher is $112,118 which includes on-costs.

Details of standard cost for each classification level for other school positions are available at salaries support.

The School Budget Allocation Report (SBAR)

All schools receive a SBAR that includes positions on published school enrolment and entitlement reports. These positions are calculated at standard cost.

Targeted positions on published school enrolment and entitlement reports, including designated support class and schools for specific purposes (SSP) teaching and non-teaching positions, are calculated at standard cost.

Equity positions on published school enrolment and entitlement reports, including Aboriginal education officer (AEO), English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D), and learning and support positions, are calculated at standard cost.

Need to know more?

Contact SSR@det.nsw.edu.au

Refer to Finance directorate for further information.

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