Catholic Schools in Australia
Since the early 1970s, Australian Catholic schools have received significant funding support from Commonwealth, state and territory governments. Combined with fees and other financial support from families and the community, that support has enabled Catholic schools to consolidate their collective position as partners in the national educational endeavour – partners with governments, families and Church communities in achieving shared educational goals for young Australians.
This website outlines key facts about how schools in Australia are funded and the growing contribution Catholic education is making to Australia's high-quality schooling system.
Party Responses to Catholic Education Priorities
As the federal election approaches its final week, hundreds of thousands of families across Australia are being provided information about how the major political parties will support the education of students in the country’s 1,731 Catholic schools in the coming years.
Last month, Catholic education sent a series of seven questions to the Coalition and to the Australian Labor Party, asking about issues including needs-based school funding, capital funding, support for students with disability, religious freedom, and school and system autonomy.
The parties’ responses have been shared with Catholic schools and Catholic school families.