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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .

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a) In 2015-16 there was no transportable buildings installed under the capital upgrades program.

b) In 2016-17 a budget of $2.6 million (excl GST) was provided for the provision of transportable buildings.

c) In 2017-18 a budget of $1.8 million (excl GST) was provided for the provision of transportable buildings.

Schools—New South Wales students (Question No 935)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) Does the Federal Government contribute to the funding arrangements for NSW students in ACT schools; if so, what is the breakdown of how this funding is allocated.

(2) How much funding did the ACT Government contribute for NSW students enrolled in ACT schools in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) 2017 18 to date.

(3) How will NSW students be allocated to schools under the recent changes to the rules surrounding NSW students in ACT schools and what guidelines will be followed when allocating NSW Students to ACT schools.

(4) Will these changes affect any previous funding arrangements; is so, how.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Commonwealth Government provides specific purpose payments (direct grants) to the ACT Government for the education of public school students. The funding is provided on the basis of all students attending ACT public schools including students that reside in NSW.

In addition, the ACT Government receives funding for all services, including education, from the Commonwealth Government through the allocation of GST revenue under the 'Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation' process. The method for determining the funding allocation, administered by the Commonwealth Grants Commission, factors in many considerations and education is only one driver used to allocate funding to all states and territories.

ACT Government funding for all students attending ACT public schools, including students that reside in NSW, is allocated using the Directorate's Student Resource Allocation model which is a needs based funding model.

(2) ACT public schools are funded based on a holistic approach using a needs based funding model. The funding is provided to meet the needs of the school and student cohort as a whole rather than individual students.


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