Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Payments for Specific Purposes (Continued)

Education

In 2010‑11, the States will receive $16.8 billion in payments from the Commonwealth to support state education services.

Table 2.3 provides information on payments to support state education services.

Table 2.3: Payments to support state education services

Table 2.3: Payments to support state education services

National Education Agreement

The National Education Agreement affirms the commitment of the Commonwealth and the States to the objective that all Australian school students acquire the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in employment and society.

The agreement recognises that ensuring all young people have the best possible start in life is vital to the wellbeing of families, communities and the nation. High‑quality schooling, supported by strong community engagement, is central to Australia's future prosperity.

The agreement will contribute to shared outcomes, including:

  • ensuring that all children are engaged in and benefiting from schooling, with a goal of lifting the Year 12 attainment rate to 90 per cent by 2015; and
  • ensuring children meet basic literacy and numeracy standards and continuing to improve overall literacy and numeracy achievements.

National Schools SPP

The National Schools SPP is the funding associated with the National Education Agreement. The Commonwealth will provide $56.5 billion over five years from 2009‑10 to the States to support schools under the National Schools SPP.

Table 2.3.1: Payments to the States for the National Schools SPP

Table 2.3.1: Payments to the States for the National Schools SPP

Growth factor

The Intergovernmental Agreement defines the growth factor for the government schools component of the National Schools SPP as the product of:

  • the growth in average government schools recurrent cost; and
  • the growth in full time equivalent enrolment in government schools.

The growth factor for the non‑government schools component of the National Schools SPP is determined in accordance with the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

The growth factor for government schools is currently estimated to be 6.71 per cent in 2010‑11. The payment for government schools for 2009‑10 is provided for in the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 and will not change from the amount of $3.3 billion that was agreed by COAG in November 2008.

The Commonwealth will provide advances to the States in respect of the government schools component of the National Schools SPPs, based on estimates of the growth factor. Once outcomes data for each component of the growth factor is available, a balancing adjustment will be made to ensure that the States receive their correct entitlement.

National Partnership payments for education

National Partnership on Building the Education Revolution

As part of the Government's Nation Building and Jobs Plan, $16.2 billion over four years (2008‑09 to 2011‑12) is being invested through Building the Education Revolution (BER). The BER is providing economic stimulus through the rapid construction and refurbishment of school infrastructure, and building learning environments to help children, families and communities participate in activities that will support achievement, develop learning potential and bring communities together. The BER is underpinned by a strong partnership approach between the Australian, State and Territory governments and non‑government education authorities and comprises three components:

  • primary schools for the 21st century;
  • national school pride program (remaining payments only in 2009‑10); and
  • science and languages centres for 21st century secondary schools (remaining payments only in 2009‑10).

Estimated payments to the States for these components are detailed in Tables 2.3.2 to 2.3.4.

Table 2.3.2: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Building the Education Revolution — Primary Schools for the 21st Century

Table 2.3.2: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Building the Education Revolution — Primary Schools for the 21st Century

Table 2.3.3: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Building the Education Revolution — National School Pride

Table 2.3.3: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Building the Education Revolution — National School Pride

Table 2.3.4: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Building the Education Revolution — Science and Language Centres

Table 2.3.4: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Building the Education Revolution — Science and Language Centres

National Partnership on the Education Investment Fund

The Commonwealth will provide $9.3 million to New South Wales in 2010‑11. The Education Investment Fund is a major component of the Government's Education Revolution. The role of the Education Investment Fund is to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world‑leading, strategically‑focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.

Table 2.3.5: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the Education Investment Fund

Table 2.3.5: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the Education Investment Fund

National Partnership on the Digital Education Revolution

The Commonwealth will provide $2.2 billion to education authorities over six years (2007‑08 to 2012‑13) to continue implementing the Digital Education Revolution. The national secondary school computer fund has been established to provide grants to eligible secondary schools to assist them in providing new or upgraded information and communication technology to students in Years 9 to 12.

A provisional estimate has been included in 2013‑14 as funding may be provided beyond the current expiry date of 30 June 2013.

Table 2.3.6: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the Digital Education Revolution

Table 2.3.6: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the Digital Education Revolution

National Partnership on early childhood education — universal access to early education

In 2010‑11, the Commonwealth will provide $97 million to the States under the National Partnership on early childhood education. The objective of the National Partnership is that by 2013 every child will have access to a pre‑school program in the year before formal schooling. This program will be delivered by four‑year university‑qualified early childhood teachers for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year.

The reforms will mean all children have access to affordable, quality early childhood education in the year before formal schooling, with a specific focus on ensuring access for children living in remote Indigenous communities.

A provisional estimate has been included in 2013‑14 as funding may be provided beyond the current expiry date of 30 June 2013.

Table 2.3.7: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on early childhood education

Table 2.3.7: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on early childhood education

National Partnership on smarter schools — improving teacher quality

The National Partnership on improving teacher quality will provide $550 million over five years (2008‑09 to 2012‑13) to facilitate and reward ambitious, nationally significant and sustainable reforms to attract, train, place, develop and retain quality teachers and school leaders in classrooms and schools. These reforms provide a platform for raising student performance and will support other schooling reforms targeting low socio‑economic status (SES) school communities and literacy and numeracy outcomes.

The National Partnership targets the following outcomes:

  • attracting the best entrants to teaching, including mid‑career entrants;
  • more effective training of principals, teachers and school leaders;
  • developing teachers and school leaders to enhance their skills and knowledge throughout their careers;
  • retaining and rewarding quality teachers and school leaders; and
  • improving the quality and availability of teacher workforce data.

Table 2.3.8: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on smarter schools — improving teacher quality

Table 2.3.8: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on smarter schools — improving teacher quality

National Partnership on smarter schools — low socio‑economic status school communities

The National Partnership for low socio‑economic status (SES) school communities is providing $1.5 billion over seven years (2008‑09 to 2014‑15) to facilitate a range of reforms to address the learning needs and wellbeing of students in low SES school communities.

These reforms will focus on teacher quality, principal leadership, school accountability and innovative learning opportunities to equip students better for further education, workforce participation and civic responsibilities. They will contribute to COAG's social inclusion agenda and overcoming the disadvantage experienced by many Indigenous people. The National Partnership provides support for schools and systems to:

  • offer incentives to attract high‑performing principals and teachers to low SES schools;
  • adopt best‑practice performance management and staffing arrangements that articulate a clear role for principals;
  • implement innovative and flexible school operational arrangements to meet the local needs of the school community;
  • provide innovative and tailored learning opportunities to address the learning needs and wellbeing of low SES students;
  • strengthen school accountability and provide better reporting of outcomes to parents and communities; and
  • establish external partnerships with parents, other schools, businesses and communities to provide wrap‑around support for students and help them transition successfully to work or further education.

Table 2.3.9: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on smarter schools — low socio‑economic status school communities

Table 2.3.9: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on smarter schools — low socio-economic status school communities

National Partnership on smarter schools — literacy and numeracy

The Commonwealth has committed $540 million over four years (2008‑09 to 2011‑12) to facilitate and reward a range of reforms to accelerate literacy and numeracy improvements for students, with a priority focus on primary school students who are at risk of falling behind, especially Indigenous students. It will contribute towards COAG's 'halving the gap' targets in literacy and numeracy outcomes of Indigenous students.

The National Partnership has three key priority areas for reform:

  • strong school leadership and whole‑of‑school engagement with literacy and numeracy;
  • effective and evidence‑based teaching of literacy and numeracy; and
  • monitoring student and school literacy and numeracy performance to identify where support is needed.

Table 2.3.10: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on smarter schools — literacy and numeracy

Table 2.3.10: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on smarter schools — literacy and numeracy

National Partnership on trade training centres in schools

The trade training centres in schools program will provide $2.5 billion over ten years to enable all secondary schools across Australia to apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million for new and upgraded trade training facilities. The trade training centres in schools program aims to:

  • improve student access to trade training facilities that meet industry standards;
  • improve the quality of schooling offered to secondary students undertaking trade‑related pathways; and
  • assist young people to make a successful transition from school to work or further education and training.

Table 2.3.11: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on trade training centres in schools

Table 2.3.11: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on trade training centres in schools

National Partnership on the secure schools program

The Commonwealth will provide up to $20 million over four years from 2007‑08 for the secure schools program to assist at‑risk religious, ethnic and secular schools to meet their particular security needs.

Table 2.3.12: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the secure schools program(a)

Table 2.3.12: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the secure schools program(a)

  1. State splits are indicative only.
National Partnership on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory

The Government's Indigenous education initiatives strategically target issues impacting adversely on the educational outcomes of Indigenous students and focus on the attainment of the 'Closing the Gap' targets.

The Teacher Housing initiative will provide $11 million (2009‑10) to support the construction of up to 22 additional teacher houses in Northern Territory emergency response (NTER) communities.

The Commonwealth is working with Northern Territory education providers to improve teacher quality and foster better outcomes for Indigenous students in remote NTER prescribed communities. Funding of $44.3 million from 2009‑10 to 2011‑12 is committed under the National Partnership on Closing the Gap for accelerated literacy and quality teaching initiatives. Implementation is set out in the Northern Territory Implementation Plan under the National Partnership for Smarter Schools.

The community services and health sections in this Part outline further payments made under the National Partnership on Closing the Gap.

Table 2.3.13: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — teacher housing

Table 2.3.13: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — teacher housing

Table 2.3.14: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — quality teaching, accelerated
literacy

Table 2.3.14: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — quality teaching, accelerated literacy

Table 2.3.15: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — supporting remote schools —
additional teachers

Table 2.3.15: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Closing the Gap — Northern Territory — supporting remote schools — additional teachers

National Partnership on the East Kimberley development package — education related projects

The Commonwealth will provide $58.4 million to Western Australia for education and training infrastructure projects from the East Kimberley development package. Investment priorities under the package include early childhood development, primary and secondary schooling, post‑secondary education and training, and community meeting facilities in remote locations. Concerted action in the areas of education and training will improve the socio‑economic status, employment status and workforce participation of Indigenous people.

A description of the East Kimberley development package as a whole is provided in the infrastructure services section of this Part.

Table 2.3.16: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the East Kimberley development package — education related projects

Table 2.3.16: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the East Kimberley development package — education related projects

National Partnership on Indigenous early childhood development — children and family centres

Through the National Partnership on Indigenous early childhood development the Commonwealth will provide $293 million for the establishment of children and family centres across Australia from 2008‑09. The children and family centres will deliver integrated services, including early learning, child care and family support programs. To date the locations for 36 centres have been announced.

Children and family centres are targeted at addressing the needs of Indigenous families and their young children. The centres will be established in a mix of remote, regional and urban locations concentrated in areas where there is a demonstrated need for these services. State governments are taking the lead on establishing the centres, including undertaking community consultations.

Additional elements of the National Partnership provide for increased access to antenatal care and health programs and for increased access and use of maternal and child health services by Indigenous families, and are reported in the health section of this Part.

Table 2.3.17: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on Indigenous early childhood development — children and family centres

Table 2.3.17: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on Indigenous early childhood development — children and family centres

National Partnership on the national solar schools plan

The Commonwealth will provide $40 million to the States in 2010‑11 to help primary and secondary schools around the country take practical action to save energy and water while cutting their utility bills.

The national solar schools plan offers grants of up to $50,000 (GST exclusive) to install solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures such as energy‑efficient lighting, skylights, ceiling fans, insulation, sensors, automatic doors and external window fittings (for example, double glazing, awnings and shutters).

Table 2.3.18: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the national solar schools plan(a)

Table 2.3.18: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the national solar schools plan(a)

  1. State splits are indicative only.
National Partnership on pre‑apprenticeship training

The Commonwealth will provide $20 million to the States from 2009‑10 to 2010‑11 to help increase the number of pre‑apprenticeship training opportunities that are available, resulting in an increased number of individuals taking up formal Australian apprenticeship training in traditional trade occupations.

Table 2.3.19: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on pre‑apprenticeship training

Table 2.3.19: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on pre-apprenticeship training

National Partnership on the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care

The Commonwealth will provide $61.2 million to the States from 2010‑11 over four years to implement the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care.

This agreement will deliver an integrated and unified national regulatory system for early childhood education and care and reduce the regulatory burden on service providers. It will drive continuous improvement in the quality of services through a national quality standard, including the early years learning framework, and a national quality rating system.

The national quality agenda will improve educational and developmental outcomes for children, and improve public knowledge of, and access to, information about the quality of early childhood education and care services.

Table 2.3.20: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care

Table 2.3.20: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care

National Partnership for Fort Street High School noise insulation

The Commonwealth will provide $14.5 million from 2009‑10 over three years to New South Wales under this National Partnership.

Table 2.3.21: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
for Fort Street High School noise insulation

Table 2.3.21: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership for Fort Street High School noise insulation

National Partnership on the school pathways program

The National Partnership on the school pathways program will provide $8.1 million from 2009‑10 over five years to South Australia and Western Australia. The school pathways program is designed to increase the pool of young people ready to move from school into further education and apprenticeships and part‑time work/study combinations in the defence industry. The program will also increase employer awareness of options for recruiting young people and the value to business of doing so.

Table 2.3.22: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership
on the school pathways program

Table 2.3.22: Estimated payments to the States for the National Partnership on the school pathways program

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