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26 May 2020
Now available: Schools’ 2020 capacity to contribute scores
From 2020, a new Direct Measure of Income (DMI) of capacity to contribute (CTC) replaces the previous area-based socio-economic status (SES) score measure to determine the CTC for most non-government schools.

Schools’ 2020 capacity to contribute (CTC) scores have been determined and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has provided written advice to approved authorities.

View your 2020 CTC scores in the Non-government schools’ 2020 CTC scores table.

The table provides information on why a school’s final CTC score may differ from the score as under the Regulation.

About the Direct Measure of Income (DMI)

The DMI is based on the median income of parents or guardians of students at a non-government school.

To support a smooth transition to the new DMI, in 2020 and 2021, schools will have their funding based on either their 2011 Census SES score, their 2016 Census SES score or their DMI score – whichever is the most financially beneficial.

The new direct measure will apply to all schools by 2022.

For more information about DMI calculations, please read our DMI factsheet.

For more information on 2020 capacity to contribute scores, the DMI methodology and the CTC review process is available on the department’s Quality Schools webpage.

14 May 2020
Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance fund
The Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020. The Special Circumstances funding will be available to school to help cover hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser, classroom cleaning products and additional cleaning costs. Funding is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be paid in June 2020.

Further information can be found on the school hygiene assistance fund webpages

08 May 2020
ATO advice on JobKeeper for Non-Government Schools
Below is advice from the Australian Taxation Office regarding the application of JobKeeper to non-government schools:

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01 May 2020
Extension to the due date for bringing forward the July 2020 payment to midday Saturday 2 May 2020
On 29 April 2020, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced an option for approved authorities to bring their July 2020 recurrent funding payment forward. For approved authorities to receive the July 2020 recurrent funding in two equal payments in late May and early June 2020, fully completed declarations must be received by the department by 12pm Saturday, 2 May 2020.

To assist with expediting payments, please check your declaration against our updated factsheet before submitting.

The Minister is also considering other financial support that may be available to help partially offset incidental hygiene expenses incurred by schools who have a plan for 50 per cent of students to return to classroom learning by 1 June 2020. Further information on these arrangements will be provided shortly.

29 April 2020
Support for non-government schools
On 29 April 2020, the Australian Government announced that non-government schools will have the option to bring forward their July 2020 recurrent school funding payments provided they have a plan to provide a level of education in a standard classroom setting, by 1 June 2020. This is in addition to financial assistance the government is making available to small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help with their cash flow.

An email was sent directly to Approved Authorities to communicate these options. More information is available on SchoolsHUB Finance page.