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Program 1.6: Assistance to the states for government schools

Program objective

The objectives of Program 1.6 are:

  • the Government provides financial support for the States and Territories to be spent in the delivery of government school services.

Although the Treasury makes payments for non-government schools, the funding and expense for the non-government schools component relates to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Program deliverables

The program deliverables are:

  • payments to the States and Territories are made according to the payment arrangements specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement.

Key performance indicators

The key performance indicators are:

  • the Treasury will transfer to each State and Territory the amounts of their monthly and annual entitlements under the National Schools SPP (government schools component) and will make the payments on the dates specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement;
  • the Treasury will provide advice to the States and Territories on the components of each payment prior to each payment being made; and
  • the Treasury will review the acquittal report provided by each State and Territory on their expenditure in the schools sector.

Analysis of performance

The Treasury facilitated the Government’s 2010-11 financial support for the States and Territories in the delivery of government schools services.

  • Payments under the National Schools SPP (government schools component) payments were $3.6 billion.
  • All payments were accurately determined and made in a timely manner, in accordance with the payment arrangements specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement.
  • Advice was provided to the States and Territories prior to each payment being made.

To demonstrate that the National Schools SPP (government schools component) was spent in the relevant sector, each State and Territory Treasurer will provide a report to the Ministerial Council within six months of 30 June 2011, disclosing relevant information in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement.