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How Australian schools are funded

All schools in Australia – Catholic, government and independent – are recipients of funding from the Commonwealth, and from state and territory governments. How that funding is distributed varies between school sectors and within school sectors, according to learning needs.


Students in a Catholic school receive, on average, 17 per cent less government funding than a student in a government school. Of the government funding for Catholic schools, more than 75 per cent comes from the Commonwealth.


Government funding covers 71 per cent of the cost of educating a student in a Catholic schools. Parents pay the rest.

Catholic school parents paid, on average, $4,131 in fees and other private income in 2014 to support their child's education. The national total was more than $3.1 billion.

Parents of students in government schools paid, on average, $713 in 2014 in fees and other private income. In independent schools, the average was $11,388, according to the My School data.

Collectively, parents of students in non-government schools pay several billion dollars each year to supplement the government support non-government schools receive. That saves Commonwealth, state and territory governments billions of dollars annually.

Catholic and independent schools also pay for the vast majority of capital improvements and new construction in their school communities. That provides additional savings to governments, which would otherwise have to expand schools or build new schools to meet demand.

School funding by source, sector*

Catholic Schools

Government Schools

* Source: ACARA My School data, 2014