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Thursday, 13 August 2009
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Mr Pyne asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 25 June 2009:

In respect of the Table 2.51 of Budget Paper No. 3, Statement 6 in Budget Paper No. 1 and the Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS) for the department -

(1)   Can she provide details to demonstrate that the school education expenses provided in Table 2.51 readily tally with the separate line items in Table 7 of Statement 6 in Budget Paper No. 1; if so, what is the breakdown of government and non-government schools funding by (a) General Recruitment Grants, (b) targeted program, and (c) capital grants, for the 2008-09 financial year and, for nongovernment schools 2009-10 financial year.

(2)   What is included in the government schools line item in Budget Paper No. 1, other than the National Specific Purpose Payment (SPP) for government schools ($3.3 billion) and the National Partnerships.

(3)   Is there a reference in Budget Paper No. 3 to the capital grants program for non-government schools; if so, on what page and line items is this located.

(4)   Does funding provided under annual appropriations (see PBS, page 75) sit in Table 7, pages 6 to18, of Budget Paper 1; under line item ‘School education—specific funding’; and for Government schools, is this funding additional to the National SPP for Government schools.

Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   Table 2.51 in Budget Paper No. 3 and Table 7 of Statement 6 in Budget paper No. 1 are budget papers produced for different purposes. Table 2.51 details payments to support state education services, and Table 7 is a summary of expenses for the purposes of education which takes into account other Commonwealth own purpose expenses. The data published in Budget paper No.1 was compiled by the Department of Finance and Deregulation and the data published in Budget Paper No.3 was compiled by the Department of Treasury.

(2)   The government schools line item in Budget paper No.1, incorporates expenses for the purposes of education including Commonwealth own purpose expenditure in addition to the estimated expenses for the SPP and National Partnerships.

(3)   There is no reference in Budget Paper No 3 to the Capital Grants program for non-government schools.

(4)   Funding provided under annual appropriations in Table 2.2.3 in the DEEWR Portfolio Budget Statements is included in Table 7 under line item ‘School Education’ specific funding. This funding is in addition to the National SPP for government schools and National Partnerships.