Private schools are receive more than $750m a year in taxpayer funding which they just don’t need, a new report says.
A report, released by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, has found there are almost 200 non-government schools in Australia which raise all of their funding their students are estimated to need from private sources – mostly school fees.
This means more than $750 million a year of taxes is going to schools who just don’t need it.
Stephen Elder, the Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne says the report should prompt the Schools Resourcing Board to ask take a look at how they allocate funding.
"This just isn't about Catholic and Independents, this is about the Government's funding model that gives an entitlement to schools that they don't deserve because they meet the resourcing standard through their own fee income," Mr Elder said.
"Those schools that are charging massive fees, well in excess of what the student resource standard is, they should be asked to reduce those fees, and they shouldn't get any incentive for Government to charge those fees to the tune of $750m that would be better off spent in those poor Catholic and Independent schools which the Government has taken money from."