Gonski 2.0 brings school cash boost

An online funding estimator has revealed which South West schools will benefit most from the newlyreleased Gonski 2.0 education package.

The Turnbull Government launched the estimator last week, showing funding to Australian primary and secondary schools set to swell from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion by 2027.

Of the nationwide boost, Forrest MHR Nola Marino said $27.1 million would be invested in the electorate’s schools in the next four years.

Bunbury Catholic College is set to be the region’s greatest benefiting high school, receiving more than $166 million from 2018 to 2027 – nearly a $33 million increase under the revised model.

It is a considerable amount more than what Harvey Senior High School and Harvey Agricultural College will get, after being allotted $8,861,000 and $5,393,400 respectively. Bunbury Cathedral Grammar and Grace Christian School, which both have primary and secondary years, will get $78,882,000 and $62,953,500 respectively.

Leschenault Catholic, St Joseph’s in Waroona and St Anne’s are among the primary schools to benefit most.

All three schools will be given $12,313, $16,102 and $14,817 respectively per student by 2027.

Mrs Marino said the package focused on ensuring all schools were at the same needs-based perstudent level when State Government cash is added.

“State Governments are the majority funders of government schools. The greatest increases go to the neediest schools. Enrolment numbers affect overall funding numbers,” Mrs Marino said.

“In line with the Government’s role as majority funder of nongovernment schools, the Government will provide a consistent share of 80 per cent of a nongovernment school’s Schooling Resource Standard, which is a measure of a school’s need including a base amount per student and loadings for disadvantage.”

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.