Parents Voice in Government School Education

Overfunding of wealthy private schools

Three of Australia’s wealthiest private schools got double the federal funding they were entitled to last year, according to an article in the Guardian. The article covers three Sydney schools; Northern Beaches Christian school, St Augustine’s College and MLC school. According to the article, the schools “…were funded at 171%, 160% and 158% of the […]

Parent levies – PV media comment

An article in today’s Age reveals the extra pressure on public school budgets caused by a drop in parent contributions. That pressure has only got worse since 2021 when the State Government forced public schools to be very clear with parents that levies are voluntary, not mandatory.  According to the article: Public schools are losing […]

Public schools lose $2billion – ‘accounting tricks’

Save Our Schools has reported (again) on the way public schools lose out because of accounting tricks in the allocation of school funding. According to the SOS article, published on 10 April 2024: A report tabled in Parliament last week has confirmed that public schools lost over $2 billion in funding in 2022 because of […]

School absence – PV media comment

The Herald-Sun has raised concerns about the level of absenteeism in Victorian schools. According to an article in Saturday’s edition, The average Victorian secondary student will skip nearly a year worth of high school, with experts blaming a spike in mental health issues and feelings of isolation among teenagers… The non-attendance figures were all far […]

Government funding increases continue to favour private schools

This article by economist Trevor Cobbold from Save Our Schools shows the ongoing unfairness in our school funding system. According to the article: New figures again demonstrate the bias against public schools in Australia’s school funding system. Government funding for Catholic and Independent schools has increased much more than for public schools since 2009. Government […]

Principals demand full funding for their schools

This article from the Educator reports on a call from Victorian school principals for full SRS funding for their schools. According to the article: More than 50 principals from public schools across Victoria have taken their demands for full school funding to state parliament today. The principals are meeting with more than 30 Labor MPs, including the […]