School Daze: Funding Private and Public Education

Over the last 30 years, non-government schools have doubled in size as more and more parents are opting for greater school choice. How these schools are funded has been a point of contention. School funding is provided by partnerships between the federal and relevant state governments. Private schools are predominantly funded by the federal government, while public education is mostly drawn from state funding. A funding model for private schools is set to come in next January, but will this ensure all independent schools are fairly funded? And is the amount of money going to private schools fair and equitable when compared to the staffing and resources struggles of public schools?


  • Glenn Fahey, research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies
  • Jane Hunter, associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney School of Education

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