Essential Report

Funding schools

Jun 30, 2015

Q. The Federal Government has released a paper which lists several ideas for future funding of schools. Do you approve or disapprove of each of the following ideas?

Total approve

Total dis- approve

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis- approve

Strongly dis- approve

Don’t know

Giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools

38%

35%

9%

29%

24%

11%

27%

Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non-government schools

20%

56%

4%

16%

27%

29%

25%

Reducing Commonwealth involvement in schools, but without significant structural change

28%

43%

4%

24%

28%

15%

30%

Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools.

51%

23%

15%

36%

17%

6%

25%

Means testing – charging high-income parents fees for children to attend public schools.

37%

48%

10%

27%

23%

25%

14%

A majority of respondents (51%) approve of the proposal of “Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools” and a majority (56%) reject the proposal of “Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non- government schools”.

They were more likely to reject the proposal to means test parents of public schools (37% approve/48% disapprove) but were divided on the issue of “Giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools” (38% approve/35% disapprove).

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