The National School Resourcing Board (NSRB) has released an Issues Paper and a Research Paper and is inviting public submissions to its review of current arrangements for determining the capacity of non-government school communities to contribute to the operational costs of their school.
Details of the composition of the NSRB were included in our earlier briefing. The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham announced the Terms of Reference for the review last month and the NSRB will look at:
- The strengths and limitations of the current SES measure in determining the capacity of a school community to contribute to the recurrent costs of the school;
- Possible alternative methodologies or refinements for calculating the capacity of a school community to contribute or for calculating the SES, including the use of more direct measures;
- How frequently measures should be updated into the future; and
- Timeframe for possible implementation of its recommendations for the 2019 school year.
In conducting the Review the NSRB will consider:
- the collective cost of its recommendations including cost of delivery by governments, and
- the impact on schools and school communities of any change including regulatory burden and privacy issues.
In addition the Board has been directed to provide at least one budget neutral option in its recommendations to Government.
The closing date for public submissions is 5.00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 February 2018. A final report will be submitted to the Australian Government Minister for Education and Training by the end of June 2018.
CSA will be closely examining the both the papers released by the Board and anticipates making a detailed submission. Any school wanting to raise particular issues should contact us as soon as possible to discuss their concerns.
Copies of both the Issues Paper and Research Paper can be downloaded from the links below.