Parent payments have become essential to the provision of free
instruction in government schools. In 2013–14, Victorian government
$626 million from parents and other locally generated funds.
While schools are autonomous and responsible for managing their
own parent payment practices, the Department of Education and
Training (DET) is responsible for supporting and guiding them. DET
provides policy and guidance material designed to assist schools in
achieving compliance and better practice but parts are confusing
and many schools are not following them.
Under the devolved school model, there is a need for sound
governance arrangements. However, DET does not oversee school
compliance with the law and policy and has no oversight on what
items and how much schools charge parents. Schools are consequently
charging parents for items that should be free.
School principals point to the inadequacy of school funding as the
cause of rising parent payments. DET does not know how much it
costs to run a school and its funding model distributes money based
on relative need, rather than actual need. DET is therefore poorly
positioned to shape government funding decisions.
Appendix A. Victorian school funding
explained information piece explains where the funding for
education comes from and what it is used for.
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