Independent Updates

Independent Updates 2020


The latest information and updates on current issues and developments affecting the Australian school policy landscape.


Direct Measure of Income Methodology

The new Direct Measure of Income (DMI) methodology uses the personal tax income data of parents and guardians to calculate the median income in a school which is used to determine the ‘capacity to contribute’ score for a school. (Updated 5 August 2020)


Other useful links:

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has now provided schools with their individual DMI scores, they have also published a set of factsheets about the DMI methodology and its implications for schools. These can be found on the Department’s website:

What is the Direct Measure of Income?
What is the methodology for the Direct Measure of Income (DMI)?
What is the capacity to contribute appeals process?
What is the Choice and Affordability Fund?

Choice and Affordability Fund Guidelines

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

The Department of Education and Training ‘s webpage outlining the David Gonski led Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. Contains a link to  the review’s final report, terms of reference, review panel members and an issues paper. ISCA’s submission can be found here.

Review of the socio-economic status score methodology 

The Australian Government established the National School Resourcing Board to provide greater independent oversight over Commonwealth school funding. The Board will undertake reviews of different parts of the funding model. Its first review considered how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated and the way in which a non-government school’s capacity to contribute to the running costs of their school is assessed. On 29 June 2018, the Board submitted its report to Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.
The next review expected to be undertaken by the Board will focus on the loading which delivers additional funding for students with disability, and the needs-based funding arrangements of approved system authorities.

The National School Resourcing Board Review of the SES score methodology: Australian Government Response

The Australian Government response accepting six recommendations made by the National School Resourcing Board.

Quality Schools

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training‘s webpage outlining the Australian Government’s Quality Schools package. Also contains a useful FAQ page and several Quality Schools Fact Sheets.

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