New report first step to fairer funding

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) has welcomed the report from the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB), released today, as an important step towards a fairer funding model for Queensland Catholic schools. 

 QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the Report from the Review of Socio-Economic Status (SES) Score Methodology supported the Catholic sector’s view that the existing methodology is flawed. 

 “Catholic schools have long known that the way each school’s capacity to contribute to the cost of education is calculated does not reflect the real situation for those schools,” Dr Perry said. 

 “We’re pleased to see this finally recognised in the NSRB report but recognising the problem is just the first step in navigating our way to a fairer system.” 

 Dr Perry said QCEC would work alongside the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the Federal Government to develop a more realistic SES methodology that treated all schools fairly. 

 “We’re also pleased that Education Minister Simon Birmingham has indicated a willingness to discuss the recommendations of the report with us and to work with us towards a better SES methodology. 

 “The Catholic sector has been closely involved in this review from the outset and we look forward to working together with government towards the introduction of a new, fairer formula in 2020.”   

Read QCEC’s submission to the review here.