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School Funding

Catholic Schools are funded through school fees, donations and Commonwealth and State funding.

Choice and Affordability Fund

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to providing choice to Australian families, the Government’s Choice and Affordability Fund (CAF) provides funding over ten years from 2020 to 2029 to address specific challenges in the non-government school sector. The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) has allocated this funding to the following national priorities:

  1. Transition assistance: The Choice and Affordability Fund provides funding to schools in general to transition to a new capacity to contribute model for recurrent funding.
  2. Special circumstances: The Choice and Affordability Fund supports schools and students impacted by special circumstances or in priority areas such as rural, regional and remote locations and areas affected by drought or other natural disasters.
  3. Strengthening outcomes for schools and educationally disadvantaged schools and students:  The Choice and Affordability Fund supports initiatives to strengthen outcomes for schools and students.

Read the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) approved 2020-2021 Work Plan.

Download SACCS Choice and Affordability Fund - Annual Report 2022
Download SACCS Choice and Affordability Fund - Annual Report 2021
Download SACCS Choice and Affordability Fund - Work Plan 2020-2021
Download SACCS Choice and Affordability Fund - Annual Report 2020

Needs-based Funding

South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) funding model is needs-based.  This means that decisions regarding the allocation of Commonwealth and State funding to each school is based on students’ needs.

SACCS systemic funding for CESA schools

South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) is the approved authority for systemically funded Catholic Education schools in South Australia (CESA).

Section 78(5) of the Australian Education Act 2013 stipulates the model used by SACCS to fund Catholic Education schools must be needs-based and transparent. Furthermore, details of the model must be publicly available.

Parameters of the Funding Mechanism

a) Guiding Principles

SACCS endorsed the following Guiding Principles as the reference point for the development, implementation and operation of the Funding Mechanism for the allocation of funds to Systemically Funded Catholic Education Diocesan schools in South Australia.

Common good
The funding mechanism promotes the common good, as is understood in Catholic social teaching, through Catholic Education.

Shared responsibility
The funding mechanism recognises the co-responsibility of all Catholic schools to work with each other and with the Catholic Education Office to serve the needs of students, including the operation of co-responsibility programs.

The funding mechanism delivers equity for students through the allocation of funds based on student need as intended by the Australian Government funding model.

The funding mechanism promotes fairness and honesty in the allocation of funds and operates consistently with the funding agreements by which the funds are provided.

The funding mechanism places the responsibility for decision making in the use of resources closest to those whose needs are the focus of the decisions.

The funding mechanism assists leaders at the school and system levels to fulfil their responsibility to maximise the learning outcomes and wellbeing of students and to fulfil their stewardship of the funds of Catholic Education.

The processes, data and communications related to the funding mechanism are clear, understandable and open to scrutiny.

The funding mechanism provides predictability in the allocation of funding to schools; it maximises the sustainability of Catholic schools individually and as a sector; it facilitates responsiveness to changes in circumstances; and it enables the provision of appropriate transition arrangements.

b) Diocesan schools

The Funding Mechanism applies to Diocesan schools in the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie.

c) Systemically Funded Non-Diocesan Schools

Funding for Systemic Non-Diocesan Schools is based on the amount payable (from the Commonwealth and State governments under the Australian Education Act) as if each school was non-systemically funded, less a percentage contribution towards Catholic Education South Australia co-responsibility.

d) Australian Education Act

The Funding Mechanism has been developed in accordance with section 78(5) of the Australian Education Act and additionally takes into account specific circumstances of Catholic Education South Australia.


A detailed report of South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools Funding is available  from the Catholic Education Office, 116 George St, Thebarton SA 5031P: 8301-6600.

Non-Government Reform Support Fund (Reform Support Fund)

The Non-Government Reform Support Fund (Reform Support Fund) commenced 1 January 2018, replacing the Students First Support Fund.  The Australian Government announced the Reform Support Fund as part of the Quality Schools package to provide funding over five years from 2018 to 2022 for non-government representative bodies (NGRBs) to support the implementation of existing and new national policy initiatives and state-specific reforms in non-government schools. These initiatives are reflected in the national and bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and the states and territories.

In accordance with the Reform Support Fund Regulations, we are required to publish information about the financial assistance we receive from the Commonwealth, including how this funding is allocated. Please find below links to our strategic plan, approved workplans, and annual reports which outlines this information.

Download NGRSF SACCS Workplan 2023
Download NGRSF CESA Strategic Plan 2023
Download NGRSF CESA Annual Report 2022
Download CESA Strategic Plan 2019-2022
Download CESA Annual Report NGRSF 2019
Download CESA Workplan 2019
Download CESA Workplan 2020
Download CESA Workplan 2021
Download CESA Annual Report NGRSF 2020
Download NGRSF SACCS Workplan 2022