Victorian Non-Government Schools Funding Agreement
Under the plan, each independent Victorian and Catholic student receives on average about 23 percent more additional funding than their counterparts in NSW. In recent years, the Victorian government has not provided capital funding to non-governmental schools. However, in the state`s 2015-16 budget, the government allocated $120 million over four years to capital projects in non-government schools. This was not assessed as part of this audit. As part of the audit, we tested a sample of 22 non-governmental schools. Our sample consisted of a mix: most schools that received targeted funding for students with disabilities (SWD) or grants under the support program were not able to demonstrate that the funds were being used for their purpose. The agreement contains provisions similar to previous agreements, which allow DETs to carry out monitoring and auditing. This allows DETs to implement a regular and robust programme of audits with non-governmental schools to ensure that public grants will be used for their purposes. Under the 2015 legislative amendments, the Minister of Education may also require a non-governmental school to submit a report that outlines the use of recurring funds. Chart 1C shows the recurrent public resources allocated to Victorian schools in 2012-2013, by sector and source of funding, in the productivity commission`s latest report. The Victorian government accounted for 86.7 per cent of total public funds allocated to Victorian government schools and 23.3 per cent of public funds to non-governmental schools.
For many years, DETs have lacked clear and proper governance around shooting in non-governmental schools. This has led to poor management of grants, including a small number of acquittals that have not been filed by recipients. It is significant that there has been very limited monitoring or surveillance of grant recipients, which would give DET the necessary assurance that the grants would be used as intended or that they would achieve the expected results. CECV`s references to vago`s test specification are factually false and misleading. The exam specification contained no indication of private school closures – this was included in the 2015-16 VAGO Annual Plan. The explanatory memorandum to the review contained in the audit plan is as follows: my office has never insisted that schools separately record their recurrent government subsidy expenditures, and this is not the core of my findings that non-governmental schools do not have systems and processes in place to ensure that grants are used for their purpose. Since 2010, the Victorian government has also released additional funds to better target students with disabilities. This funding should depend on the establishment of coherent measures of disability severity throughout the non-public school sector. However, an agreement has yet to be reached and the funds have been distributed in each sector, in accordance with the agreed definitions of disability in that sector. THE DET, non-governmental school system authorities and a sample of 22 non-governmental schools were important sources of information for this review. The audit team gathered evidence: currently, most SWD funding is measured by the number of students with disabilities defined by the Australian government, identified by the school in the Australian government census. DET does not monitor or monitor the use of recurrent public grants beyond obtaining a financial payment and does not use other sources of performance information to ensure that the envisaged objectives are met.
Since monitoring and reporting is limited to financial discharges, there is a lack of accountability for achieving government objectives through the use of recurrent government grants. The interim financing agreement for 2016 provides for improved reporting obligations and performance measures that will partially address these issues, provided that DET improves its monitoring and surveillance activities. . . .