The average cost of educating a child at an independent school is much the same as educating a child at a state school. Education costs include increases in teacher salaries, capital costs for new buildings and maintenance programs plus implementation of the Australian curriculum.

Independent schools receive funding from Federal and State Governments calculated as a proportion of the cost of educating a child in a state school.

Governments provide more funding to independent schools which serve the neediest communities. This needs-based funding approach makes independent schools more accessible to everyone. It means that parents of all income levels have even greater educational choice.

Position Statements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is the national peak body for the Australian independent schools sector, view their position statements in relation to funding here