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Private schools cop ‘three times’ entitled funding

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Victoria's Melbourne Grammar school receives 144 per cent of its entitlement. Photo: Melbourne Grammar Photo: Melbourne Grammar
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Some of Australia’s top private schools receive nearly three times the taxpayer funding they are entitled to under the Gonksi model, Federal Government data has revealed.

Meanwhile public school systems in every state and territory – except Western Australia and the ACT – get less than the minimum amount.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham earlier this week said some wealthy private schools get too much Commonwealth money, which he indicated could be cut.

Loreto Kirribilli – a Catholic girls school metres from Sydney Harbour that charges more than $18,000 per student in year 12 – receives 283 per cent of its entitlement under the School Resourcing Standard (SRS).

North Sydney’s Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College – a Catholic girls school that charges nearly $20,000 per year for senior students – gets 277 per cent of its entitlement.

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Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College in New South Wales. Photo: Monte

The SRS is the minimum amount each student should receive and is made up of federal and state ongoing funding.

The SRS system started when Labor implemented the Gonski school funding model and is adjusted for each school based on need.

But the former government also promised no school would be worse off, meaning taxpayer support for some independent schools would remain above the SRS for decades.

Education Department figures – provided after questions in a Senate estimates hearing – show public funding schools received in 2014 relative to their SRS.

In the ACT, Anglican school Radford College receives nearly 200 per cent of its SRS, while Brisbane’s Hillbrook Anglican School in Brisbane gets 178.1 per cent of its SRS entitlement.

Melbourne Grammar School – where annual tuition fees exceed $30,000 from year nine – receives 144 per cent of its entitlement.

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Loreto Kirribilli receives 283 per cent of its entitlement. Photo: AAP

Catholic school systems nationwide are also below the minimum standard.

Top 10 nationwide

  • Loreto Kirribilli (NSW) 283 per cent
  • Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College (NSW) 277 per cent
  • Trustees of the Jesuit Fathers Roman Catholic Communities Lands Act NSW (NSW) 263.1 per cent
  • Mount St Benedict College (NSW) 215 per cent
  • Radford College Limited (ACT) 199 per cent
  • Daramalan College (ACT) 199 per cent
  • Brigidine College, St Ives (NSW) 197 per cent
  • Northern Beaches Christian School (NSW) 184 per cent
  • Stella Maris College (NSW) 183 per cent
  • Queenwood School for Girls (NSW) 183 per cent

Top schools by state

  • Loreto Kirribilli (NSW) 283 per cent
  • Radford College Limited (ACT) 199 per cent
  • Hillbrook Anglican School (QLD) 178 per cent
  • Methodist Ladies’ College (WA) 176 per cent
  • St Paul’s College (VIC) 166 per cent (school for students with disabilities and medical needs)
  • The Essington School Darwin (NT) 111 per cent
  • Suneden Special School (SA) 111 per cent (school for students with disabilities and medical needs)
  • The Friends’ School (TAS) 92 per cent

-ABC

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