School budget review report unveiled

BUDGET PLANS: Education minister Eva Lawler visited Katherine students earlier this year.
BUDGET PLANS: Education minister Eva Lawler visited Katherine students earlier this year.

NT school budgets will now be made public each year.

The NT Government has said it will accept all 20 recommendations from a review into school budget models. 

“Every Territory child deserves the best start in life. That is why this government is investing in education — and why we promised to review the global school budgets funding model,” Education minister Eva Lawler said.

Ms Lawler has allocated $39 million for a new school resoucing model with changes to be rolled out during the next four years.

“Our School Resourcing Model is fair, it’s predictable and it targets resourcing to student need,” Ms Lawler said.

“Today’s announcement not only shows that we fulfill our election commitments, it shows that that we understand and appreciate the importance of education in the Northern Territory.”

Some of the key actions to be rolled out as part of the School Resourcing Model include:

  • Fixing the funding base rate for students so that it will grow every year for the next four years.
  • Introducing new weightings for students with English as Second Language (ESL) and students with a disability.
  • Increasing transparency and accountability by publishing school budgets publicly each year. This has never been done before.
  • Providing one-off grants to school budgets in 2018 to recognise legacy budget issues arising from inequities in the CLP’s global school budget model in 2015 and 2016.

“A staged action plan for the enhanced School Resourcing Model will implemented from 2018 to 2020, to ensure a smooth transition for all schools and time to plan for budget changes,” Ms Lawler said.

“The action plan includes key milestones so that we are accountable, transparent and deliver on our targets.”