Catholic Education SA has launched a campaign to call on the government to offer a fair funding model for SA Catholic schools.
Catholic schools make a significant contribution to the vitality of South Australia, educating close to 20% of students. Yet our students are not receiving a fair deal.
On average, SA Catholic schools are funded by the State government (14%), the Federal government (54%) and parent contributions via school fees (32%).
SA Catholic Schools receive significantly less per student than the national average level of State government funding.
South Australian State government funding to each student in a Catholic school is the lowest of all States and Territories in Australia.
With 46,000 students in Catholic schools across the State – the total shortfall for 2017 is estimated to be in excess of $15.8 million.
* Calculation based on current student enrolments. Funding source data: NCEC Annual Report 2015.
Read more in our Fair Funding Facts Flyer.
Capital funding is essential to ensure schools have quality learning spaces and facilities.
Since 2002, the State government has spent $2.2 billion1 on capital funding for school and early years infrastructure. During the same period, SA Catholic schools received no capital funding from the State government.
Catholic schools in South Australia receive approximately $5.5m annually (dependent on enrolments) in capital grants from the Federal Government along with $165,000 per annum to assist with the funding administration of the Commonwealth Capital Grants Program.
We value the grants from the Commonwealth Government and call on the State government to help us more.
We want the State government to provide our schools with $5.5 million in capital funding in 2018 and an ongoing indexed capital grant.
Read more in our Funding Facts Flyer 2.
In the lead up to the next State election, we will continue to update this website with information about how each political party plans to support Catholic Education so that you can make an informed decision about how your vote impacts your child’s education.
For more information or questions please contact:
Sylvia Jaksa, Executive Assistant - Political Strategy
Phone: (08) 8301 6600