Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Payments for Specific Purposes (Continued)

Education

In 2011‑12, the Commonwealth will provide funding of $13.6 billion to support state education services, as detailed in table 2.4.

Table 2.4: Payments to support state education services

Table 2.4: Payments to support state education services

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

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.

This 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.

This agreement is contributing 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;
  • ensuring children meet basic literacy and numeracy standards; and
  • continuing to improve overall literacy and numeracy achievement.

National Schools SPP

National Schools SPP

The National Schools SPP is Commonwealth funding associated with the National Education Agreement and is provided to the States to support schools.

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 6.31 per cent in 2011‑12.

National Partnership payments for education

National Partnership on Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory

Quality teaching, accelerated literacy component

Quality teaching, accelerated literacy component

Supporting remote schools — additional teachers component

Supporting remote schools — additional teachers component

Teacher housing component

Teacher housing component

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory to address the challenges in remote Northern Territory communities. The Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments are working towards COAG's Closing the Gap targets and resetting the relationship with the Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

This National Partnership is allowing Northern Territory education providers to develop career pathways for Indigenous staff, increase the number of Indigenous staff with education qualifications, and provide support and programs to enable teachers and students to achieve improved outcomes in literacy and numeracy in 73 targeted remote communities.

It also provides for the continuation of a number of measures that commenced in 2007 under the Northern Territory Emergency Response.

In addition, the Commonwealth is providing funding to the Northern Territory Government to recruit and deploy up to 170 teachers in Northern Territory Government schools and for the construction of up to 22 additional teacher housing units to help alleviate the shortage of available accommodation in remote communities.

Other payments made as part of the National Partnership on Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory are discussed in the Health and Community Services sections of this Part.

National Partnership on the digital education revolution(a)

National Partnership on the digital education revolution

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on the digital education revolution. This National Partnership was established to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that will prepare students for further education, training and to live and work in a digital world. It is providing for new information and communication technology equipment for all secondary schools with students in years 9 to 12 through the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund.

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

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

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on early childhood education — universal access to early education. Under this National Partnership, every child is to have access to a preschool program in the year before full‑time schooling by 2013. The preschool program is to be delivered by a four‑year university qualified early childhood teacher, for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year.

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

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

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

The Commonwealth is providing funding to Western Australia as part of the National Partnership on the East Kimberley development package — education‑related projects. 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 is expected to 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.

National Partnership on the Education Investment Fund

National Partnership on the Education Investment Fund

The Education Investment Fund is a major component of the Commonwealth'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.

National Partnership for Fort Street High School noise insulation

National Partnership for Fort Street High School noise insulation

The Commonwealth is providing funding to New South Wales for the National Partnership for Fort Street High School noise insulation to manage the noise insulation works of Fort Street High School against the effects of aircraft noise.

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

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

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the children and family centres element of the National Partnership on Indigenous early childhood development to improve the early childhood outcomes of Indigenous children by addressing the high levels of disadvantage they experience. This National Partnership provides for the establishment of children and family centres which will deliver integrated services, including early learning, childcare and family support programs. The locations for 38 centres have been announced.

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

National Partnership on Nation Building and Jobs plan — Building the
education revolution — Primary schools for the 21st century(a)

National Partnership on Nation Building and Jobs plan — Building the education revolution — Primary schools for the 21st century

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on Nation Building and Job Plan — Building the education revolution (BER). This National Partnership was established to provide economic stimulus through the rapid construction and refurbishment of school infrastructure, and build learning environments to help children, families and communities participate in activities that support achievement, develop learning potential and bring communities together.

The BER is underpinned by a strong partnership approach between the Commonwealth, States and non‑government education authorities.

Funding for two of the three BER components, National School Pride Program and Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools, was completed in 2009‑10. Funding for the third component of BER, Primary Schools for the 21st Century, will cease in 2011‑12.

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

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

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on the national quality agenda for early childhood education and care to deliver an integrated and unified national regulatory system for early childhood education and care, and reduce the regulatory burden on service providers. It is promoting 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 is improving educational and developmental outcomes for children, and improving public knowledge of, and access to, information about the quality of early childhood education and care services.

National Partnership on the National Solar Schools Program(a)

National Partnership on the National Solar Schools Program

  1. Yearly profiles and State splits are indicative distributions only and have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States. This distribution may change subject to negotiation with States on a National Partnership agreement and State participation in a competitive tendering process (where applicable). This indicative distribution does not entitle a State to the funds allocated against it. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for government schools as part of the National Partnership on the National Solar Schools Program and through funding agreements with non‑government schools. The Commonwealth will reduce funding for this Program by $156.4 million and bring forward its closure to 30 June 2013.

Funding will remain available to eligible schools through two competitive funding rounds in 2011‑12 and 2012‑13, with an increased emphasis on funding schools in low socio‑economic and remote areas. Successful schools will receive funding to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks, and for other energy efficiency improvements.

The measure taken in the 2011‑12 Budget is discussed in National Solar Schools Program — redesigned program as part of Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2011‑12.

National Partnership on pre‑apprenticeship training

National Partnership on pre‑apprenticeship training

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on pre‑apprenticeship training to help increase the number of pre‑apprenticeship training opportunities, resulting in an increased number of individuals taking up formal Australian apprenticeship training in traditional trade occupations. This National Partnership is expected to conclude in 2010‑11.

National Partnership on the School Pathways Program

National Partnership on the School Pathways Program

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on the School Pathways Program in South Australia and Western Australia. This National Partnership was established to increase the pool of young people ready to move from school into further education, apprenticeships, scholarships and part‑time work/study combinations in the defence industry. The School Pathways Program is also increasing employer awareness of options for recruiting young people and the benefits to business of doing so.

National Partnership on Schools — support for improving learning
experiences and educational outcomes for school students with disability(a)

National Partnership on Schools — support for improving learning experiences and educational outcomes for school students with disability

  1. Yearly profiles and State splits are indicative distributions only and have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States. This distribution may change subject to negotiation with States on a National Partnership agreement and State participation in a competitive tendering process (where applicable). This indicative distribution does not entitle a State to the funds allocated against it. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth will provide funding for the National Partnership on Schools — support for improving learning experiences and educational outcomes for school students with disability. This National Partnership is being established to target assistance to teachers and schools to support students with disability. It will provide additional skills development and support for teachers to meet students' needs. It will also provide further assistance to schools to create extended‑service schools that offer co‑ordinated support for students and connect them with health, welfare, transport and other services.

This National Partnership will assist education authorities to achieve the outcomes of the National Education Agreement, such as:

  • schooling that promotes social inclusion and reduces the educational disadvantage of children, especially Indigenous children;
  • all children are engaging in and benefitting from school; and
  • young people are meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and overall levels of literacy and numeracy achievements are improving.

Funding for Schools — support for improving learning experiences and educational outcomes for school students with disability is a new spending measure taken in the 2011‑12 Budget. This measure is discussed in further detail in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2011‑12.

National Partnership on the Secure Schools Program(a)

National Partnership on the Secure Schools Program

  1. Yearly profiles and State splits for 2011‑12 to 2013‑14 are indicative distributions only and have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States. This distribution may change subject to negotiation with States on a National Partnership agreement and State participation in a competitive tendering process (where applicable). This indicative distribution does not entitle a State to the funds allocated against it. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on the Secure Schools Program to assist both government and non‑government schools at risk of racially or religiously motivated crimes to meet their particular security needs.

Smarter schools National Partnerships

National Partnership on improving teacher quality(a)

National Partnership on improving teacher quality

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on improving teacher quality. This National Partnership was established 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 support other schooling reforms targeting low socio‑economic status school communities and literacy and numeracy outcomes.

National Partnership on literacy and numeracy(a)

National Partnership on literacy and numeracy

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on literacy and numeracy. This National Partnership facilitates and rewards 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 is contributing towards COAG's target of 'halving the gap' in literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous students.

This 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 of student and school literacy and numeracy performance to identify where support is needed.

National Partnership on low socio‑economic status school communities(a)

National Partnership on low socio‑economic status school communities

  1. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on low socio‑economic status school communities. These reforms are focusing on teacher quality, principal leadership, school accountability and innovative learning opportunities to equip students better for further education, workforce participation and civic responsibilities. The reforms are contributing to COAG's social inclusion agenda and helping to overcome disadvantage experienced by many Indigenous people. This National Partnership provides support for schools and systems to:

  • offer incentives to attract high performing principals and teachers to low socio‑economic status 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 socio‑economic status 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.

National Partnership on trade training centres in schools(a)

National Partnership on trade training centres in schools

  1. Yearly profiles and State splits are indicative distributions only and have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States. This distribution may change subject to negotiation with States on a National Partnership agreement and State participation in a competitive tendering process (where applicable). This indicative distribution does not entitle a State to the funds allocated against it. Includes government and non‑government schools.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on trade training centres in schools. Trade training centres are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification. An important step in achieving this increase is to ensure students have access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities that continue to engage and encourage them to complete their studies.

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