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Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) advocates for the right of every child to receive a level of government funding support for their education. Children with the greatest need, regardless of what state they live in or the school they attend, deserve the most support.

How independent Schools are Funded

Families who choose to send their child to an independent school, on average, meet the majority of operating costs through tuition and other fees (48%). The remainder is met by the Australian (40%) and Queensland Governments (12%). When it comes to school facilities, parents pay the lion’s share of costs. This contrasts with families who choose a Queensland state school, whose running and infrastructure costs, are fully funded by governments, primarily the Queensland Government. As a sector, independent schools, on average, receive the lowest levels of government funding per student in Australia.  

Commonwealth Funding: New Funding Model

Queensland independent schools are transitioning to a new federal funding model that is now based on parental income. This will come into effect for the majority of independent schools, except those classified as Special, Special Assistance or Majority Indigenous, from 2022.

ISQ has been working with independent schools on the change, including through the administration of the Australian Government’s Choice and Affordability Fund, and is continuing to advocate for improvements to the model.

State Funding

The Queensland State Government has supported non-government schooling since colonial times when secondary education was supported through the establishment of Queensland’s grammar schools. Under the current bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth, the State Government contributes 20% recurrent funding (minimum) of the total government funding. Schools can also access capital funds.

Government Funded Programs

ISQ, like its counterpart statewide bodies in the state and Catholic sectors, also administers a range of professional learning programs and services that meet agreed national and state education policy priorities and are funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments.

ISQ provides advice and assistance to schools on accessing and using government support. ISQ is also the Approved Authority to administer funding under the following Australian and Queensland Government programs: 

  • Chaplaincy
  • Children in Out of Home Care
  • Students with Disability & Education Adjustment Program
  • Student Welfare Workers
  • Student Transport
  • Choice and Affordability Fund.
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