Extra Gonski funding to flow to New England schools

21 Aug 2017

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Deputy Prime Minister

Member for New England



Minister for Education and Training

Senator for South Australia






New England government and Independent school students are set for an additional $328 million by 2021 under the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s student-centred Gonski funding plan that recently passed Parliament.


Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the new funding would see the Government allocation for each student increase significantly.


Catholic systemic schools in NSW will get an additional $4.47 billion under the plan over the next decade that their education authorities will distribute to their schools.


“We’re delivering a school system that’s entirely focused on students and what they need to be their best,” Mr Joyce said.


“For the first time, every student will get the support they need no matter their background or where they live.


“We’re tying that extra funding to the activities that are proven to improve the quality of our schools.


“That means more resources for one-on-one time with teachers and new or existing initiatives such as specialist teachers or targeted intervention programs.


“We’ve appointed an independent National School Resourcing Board to ensure the funding model is focused on supporting students and holding governments to account for the money they receive and spend.


“Our additional funding will start to flow next year, giving schools and communities the certainty they need to plan and to ensure that every student gets the support they need to succeed.”


Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said schools and students that need the most additional resources will get the biggest funding increases in the fastest time period so that everyone will get their fair share of funding from the Commonwealth.


“Along with support from Gonski Review panellists Ken Boston, Kathryn Greiner and David Gonski himself, the Government’s plan has been backed by independent think tanks including The Grattan Institute and The Mitchell Institute as well as schools, families and educators such as former head of the Australian Education Union Dianne Foggo,” Minister Birmingham said.


“Bill Shorten and the Labor Party should be ashamed and embarrassed that they voted against extra funding for schools to try to score political points.


“Our focus now is building on our teaching quality reforms through the work of a panel of education experts focused entirely on how schools should be using the extra funding we’re delivering.”


Further details of the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s Quality Schools reform package are available at: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools




  • Below is a sample of Federal Government contributions to schools in the New England Electorate, where there are 122 schools in total.

  • School by school information for Catholic schools is determined by the state/territory Catholic education commission


School name


Funding increase 2018 through 2027

Per student funding 2017

Per student funding 2021

Per student funding 2027

New England Girls School






Carinya Christian School






Scone High School






Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School






Oxley High School






Tenterfield High School






Inverell High School







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