NCEC says more work needed on school funding

Call for more research

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) believes the Senate Select Committee report on school funding released yesterday, confirms there is more work to be done on school funding beyond 2017.

The Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission, Ross Fox, said the current challenge in school funding is to achieve a funding model that addresses needs in all schools, sectors and states and territories. Catholic schools and systems have funding certainty through to 2017.

'We welcome the Government’s commitment to providing funding certainty for schools to 2017, in the face of ongoing budgetary constraints.'

'The Government’s plan to index per capita school funding by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2018 will not ensure school funding keeps pace with real costs. When school costs run ahead of CPI parents will be forced to pay more or cuts will be forced on schools to make ends meet,' said Mr Fox.

'Important work remains to be done to deliver funding matched to the needs of all students with disability. Quality data is needed that gives confidence to schools, parents and system authorities. This work is progressing and should continue to be prioritised.'

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More work needed on school funding(Media Release)