The NSW Government provides more than $1.4 billion annually to support non-government schools. Funding is provided in accordance with the NSW Education Act 1990 to non-government schools that are registered by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and that do not operate for profit.
The NSW Government supports needs-based, sector-blind funding for all schools. From 2019, the NSW Government started the transition to fund non-government schools at 20% of their Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) by 2029. The Commonwealth Government began transitioning its funding to 80% of SRS in 2018.
This is in line with the Commonwealth Government's new funding model and is consistent with NSW's commitments under the National School Reform Agreement External link and New South Wales Bilateral Agreement External link. This is a simpler common funding system for all schools that focuses on student needs and educational outcomes.
Some schools may be eligible for State transition assistance in 2020 to help them adjust to the new funding arrangements. The Commonwealth also has transition assistance funding.