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Wednesday, 7 September 1983
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Question No. 198


Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

(1) How does the Government determine what level of funding assistance will be given to private schools.

(2) How many private schools are there on the Electoral Division of Moore, what level of funding assistance does each receive and which of these schools are Catholic schools.

(3) Will all private schools within the Electoral Division of Moore be eligible for funding under the School Computer Program.


Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The existing Commonwealth program of general recurrent funding for non- government schools was developed by the previous Government. Under this program, schools are classified into three funding groups on the basis of need. A school' s need is assessed by the Schools Commission on the basis of the Schools Recurrent Resource Index (SRRI) which provides a measure of recurrent resources provided from a school's private means in relation to average recurrent resources provided in government schools. In 1983 the SRRI mechanism is used in conjunction with an income test procedure to ensure that schools spend a reasonable proportion of their total disposable private income on improving recurrent resource standards. All schools are entitled to appeal against funding group decisions including those decisions based on the application of income test procedures.

This arrangement is being maintained on an interim basis in 1984 pending the implementation in 1985 of a new scheme for non-government school general resources funding. In the Guidelines to the Schools Commission, the Government has asked the Commission to provide advice and options on: a more comprehensive approach to the definition of 'need'; the establishment of adequate general resource standards against which need may be measured; and, the categorisation of schools for Commonwealth funding purposes in a manner which provides for sufficient differentiation in relation to the varying needs and circumstances of schools.

(2) There are 15 non-government schools in the Federal Electoral Division of Moore, receiving Commonwealth general recurrent grants in 1983, distributed by Funding Group as shown in the following table. Schools in Groups 1 receive $338 per primary pupil and $537 per secondary pupil. The subsidy rates for Group 2 are $508 primary and $806 secondary and for Group 3, $677 and $1075, primary and secondary respectively.

NUMBER OF NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS BY FUNDING GROUP IN THE FEDERAL DIVISION OF MOORE (WA) 1983

Catholic

Funding

Non- group

Systemic systemic Other Total

Group 1 . . . . 3 3 Group 2 . . . . 1 1 Group 3 6 3 2 11 Totals 6 3

9

6 15

The level of funding assistance for each school is as given in the following list.

Division of Moore, W.A. Individual Schools Funding Groups for Recurrent Grants, 1983.

* Catholic Systemic

** Catholic Non-systemic

Funding School

group

**Keaney College, Bindoon 3 * Whitford Catholic Primary, Craigie 3 Beenong School, Darlington 1 Helena School, Darlington 3 * Girrawheen Catholic Primary, Girrawheen 3 Emmanuel Christian, Girrawheen 2 Aboriginal Community College, Gnangara 3 * Liwara Catholic Primary, Greenwood 3 Montessori School, Kingsley 1 * Lockridge Catholic Primary, Lockridge 3 * Sacred Heart School, Mundaring 3 **Sacred Heart College, Sorrento 3 **La Salle College, Viveash 3 Yanchep Community School, Wangara Centre 1 * St Anthony's School, Wanneroo 3

(3) I have asked the Commonwealth Schools Commission to provide me with advice on how the national Computer Education program might best be introduced. I expect that included in that advice will be recommendations on how funds made available should be distributed. I expect to receive advice from the Commission in September 1983. Non-government schools will be eligible for assistance and $1 .2m will be provided for them in 1984. Initially, the program will concentrate on secondary schools but for the period beyond 1984, the Commission will provide advice on future policy directions, including extensions to primary schools.