Most costs of private schools are now met by government

A new school funding analysis Uneven Playing Field — the state of Australia’s schools, says private schools are rapidly becoming public schools, based on the amount of public funding they receive.

The report says the argument that subsidising private schools saves public funds was questionable and for all but the wealthiest schools, fees are now the “icing on the cake”.

“The running costs of most private schools are now substantially met by state and federal funding. When we realise that public schools enrolling similar students churn out similar results, it becomes harder to justify the icing,” the report said.

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