School funding inequity worsens

April 8, 2017

An analysis of the latest data published on the MySchool website for the Australian Education Union, shows that between 2009 and 2015, education spending by Commonwealth and state governments increased nearly three times as much to the independent sector and twice as much to Catholic schools as to public schools.

The analysis showed that between 2009 and 2015, combined state and federal funding rose by 38.7% for independent schools, 35.6% for Catholic schools and only 17.6% for public schools.

The analysis found that in 2015 the average funding was $13,321 per Catholic school student and $13,140 per public student. Independent school students attracted more than $5000 extra, at an average $18,444.

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