The Australian Government has a role in education funding and national policy. While the Australian Government does not operate any schools or employ any teachers, funding responsibility is shared between the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Financial assistance to the schools sector is provided under the Australian Education Act 2013 and previously under the former Schools Assistance Act 2008.
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Section 127 of the Australian Education Act 2013 requires the Minister for Education and Youth to table a report in Parliament each year on any financial assistance paid to an approved authority in the previous year.
The latest report provides information on financial assistance paid to approved authorities for the school year 2020, as well as for previous years (2014 to 2019) for the purpose of providing historical context on financial assistance paid under the Australian Education Act 2013.
Previous annual reports on financial assistance to schools under the former Schools Assistance Act 2008 are provided below.
- Reports on financial assistance for schools in 2013
- Reports on financial assistance for schools in 2012
- Reports on financial assistance for schools in 2011
- Reports on financial assistance for schools in 2010
- Reports on financial assistance for schools in 2009
For any enquiries, email SchoolsAssurance@dese.gov.au.
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