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Schools Assistance Regulations 2009

Authoritative Version
SLI 2009 No. 132 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SLI 2010 No. 292
These Regulations specify the performance and transparency requirements in accordance with relevant sections of the Schools Assistance Act 2008 and gives effect to the data collection and reporting requirements in the National Education Agreement agreed by COAG, including the national assessments and performance measures set out in the MCEETYA Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures.
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Registered 26 Nov 2010
Start Date 26 Nov 2010
End Date 13 May 2011
Date of repeal 01 Oct 2019
Repealed by Sunsetting

Schools Assistance Regulations 2009

Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 132 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 26 November 2010
taking into account amendments up to SLI 2010 No. 292

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary                                                                 

                      1.1     Name of Regulations [see Note 1]                                     4

                      1.2     Commencement                                                              4

                      1.3     Application                                                                      4

                      1.4     Definitions                                                                       4

Part 2                    Funding agreements — national student assessments          

                      2.1     National student assessments                                          6

Part 3                    Funding agreements — national reports on the outcomes of schooling   

                      3.1     Performance information                                                   8

                      3.2     Performance information — student characteristics             8

                      3.3     Performance information — measures for student attendance  9

                      3.4     Reporting periods                                                             9

Part 4                    Funding agreements — individual school information

                      4.1     Specified individual school information                              10

                      4.2     Contextual information                                                    10

                      4.3     Capacity information                                                       11

                      4.4     Outcomes information                                                    11

Part 5                    Funding agreements — reporting to parents etc.         

                      5.1     Student reports                                                              13

Part 6                    Funding agreements — publication by schools of information relating to schools                                                                       

                      6.1     Information relating to schools                                         14

Part 7                    Grants for recurrent expenditure                         

                      7.1     Average Government School Recurrent Costs — meaning of AGSRC   16

                      7.2     Indigenous supplementary assistance — primary education funding amounts   16

                      7.3     Indigenous supplementary assistance — secondary education funding amounts           16

Part 8                    Grants for capital expenditure                              

                      8.1     Capital expenditure supplementation number                    18

Part 9                    Grants for targeted expenditure                           

                      9.1     Literacy, numeracy and special learning needs — school grants amounts        19

                      9.2     Literacy, numeracy and special learning needs — guarantee amounts 19

                      9.3     Targeted expenditure supplementation number                 19

Schedule 1             Performance information                                            20

Part 1                      Measures for English literacy                                          20

Part 2                      Measures for numeracy and mathematics                        20

Part 3                      Measures for science                                                     20

Part 4                      Measures for civics and citizenship                                  21

Part 5                      Measures for ICT literacy                                                21

Part 6                      Measures for vocational education and training in schools  21

Part 7                      Measures for student attendance                                     22

Division 1                 Information                                                                    22

Division 2                 Definitions                                                                     22

Notes                                                                                                          23

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1.1           Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

                These Regulations are the Schools Assistance Regulations 2009.

1.2           Commencement

                These Regulations are taken to have commenced on 1 January 2009.

1.3           Application

         (1)   Parts 1 and 7 of these Regulations are taken to have applied on and after 1 January 2009.

         (2)   The remainder of these Regulations apply on and after the day after these Regulations are registered.

Note   These Regulations give effect to data collection and reporting requirements in the National Education Agreement. The MCEETYA Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures, as amended from time to time, sets out the key performance measures and the agreed assessment and data collection cycle that apply equally to government and non‑government schools.

Data for some of the performance indicators contained in the National Education Agreement and the Framework may be derived from sources other than schools, such as survey collections.

1.4           Definitions

                In these Regulations:

Act means the Schools Assistance Act 2008.

Catholic schools means Catholic systemic schools and Catholic non‑systemic schools.

COAG means the Council of Australian Governments.

ICT means Information and Communications Technology.

language conventions means spelling, grammar and punctuation.

MCEECDYA means the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs.

Note   MCEECDYA was established on 1 July 2009 and takes over areas of responsibility from MCEETYA.

MCEETYA means the former Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.

NAP means the National Assessment Program.

Note   The NAP comprises the agreed assessments identified on the NAP web page and in the document titled Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures, both of which are available on the Internet at http://www.mceetya.edu.au.

NAPLAN means the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy.

PIRLS means the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

Note   PIRLS is an international assessment of students in year 4 in reading literacy conducted every 5 years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

PISA means the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Note   PISA is an international assessment of 15 year old students in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy. It is conducted every 3 years by the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development.

TIMSS means the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.

Note   TIMSS is an international assessment of students in Years 4 and 8 in mathematics and science. It is conducted every 4 years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

Part 2                 Funding agreements — national student assessments

  

2.1           National student assessments

         (1)   For section 17 of the Act, the following national student assessments (as developed by MCEETYA and mentioned in the Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures, published by MCEETYA) are prescribed:

                (a)    for all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in all schools — the assessments for the student’s year mentioned in table 1; and

               (b)    for students selected in a sample, in a school selected in a sample — the assessments mentioned in table 2.

Note   The Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures mentions relevant standards and is available on the Internet at http://www.mceecdya.edu.au.

         (2)   Each assessment is prescribed for the years specified in the table for that assessment.

Table 1

Item

Assessment

Years

1

NAPLAN assessment in reading, writing and language conventions

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

2

NAPLAN assessment in numeracy

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Table 2

Item

Assessment

Year(s)

1

PISA reading literacy assessment

2009, 2012

2

PISA mathematical literacy assessment

2009, 2012

3

TIMSS mathematics assessment, year 4

2010

4

TIMSS mathematics assessment, year 8

2010

5

NAP science literacy assessment, year 6

2009, 2012

6

PISA scientific literacy assessment

2009, 2012

7

TIMSS science assessment, year 4

2010

8

TIMSS science assessment, year 8

2010

9

NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 6

2010

10

NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 10

2010

11

NAP ICT literacy assessment, year 6

2011

12

NAP ICT literacy assessment, year 10

2011

13

PIRLS assessment

2010

Part 3                 Funding agreements — national reports on the outcomes of schooling

  

3.1           Performance information

                For paragraph 18 (1) (c) of the Act, the performance information specified in Schedule 1 is prescribed.

3.2           Performance information — student characteristics

         (1)   For paragraph 18 (1) (c) of the Act, performance information for the performance measures mentioned in items 101, 201, 301, 401, 402, 403, 404, 501 and 502 of Schedule 1 must be in a form that enables the publication of the information for the relevant program year disaggregated by the following characteristics of students:

                (a)    sex;

               (b)    Indigenous status;

                (c)    socio‑economic background;

               (d)    language background;

                (e)    geographic location;

                (f)    disability.

Note   It is expected that the definition of disability  for paragraph (f) will be prescribed at a later date.

         (2)   In subregulation (1):

                (a)    the characteristics of sex, Indigenous status, socio‑economic background and language background are as described in the 2009 Data Standards Manual — Student Background Characteristics, published by MCEETYA, as in force when these Regulations commence; and

               (b)    the characteristic of geographic location is as approved by MCEETYA at its meeting in July 2001.

Note   The 2009 Data Standards Manual — Student Background Characteristics is available on the Internet at http://www.mceecdya.edu.au.

3.3           Performance information — measures for student attendance

         (1)   For paragraph 18 (1) (c) of the Act, performance information for the performance measure mentioned in Division 1 of Part 7 of Schedule 1 must be in a form that enables the publication of the information for the relevant program year disaggregated by the following characteristics of students:

                (a)    school sector;

               (b)    school grade;

                (c)    sex;

               (d)    Indigenous status.

         (2)   For subregulation (1), each of the following is a school sector:

                (a)    Catholic schools;

               (b)    other non‑government schools.

         (3)   For subregulation (1), each of the following is a school grade:

                (a)    all ungraded primary school students;

               (b)    all ungraded secondary school students;

                (c)    each of years 1 to 10.

         (4)   For subregulation (1), the characteristics of sex and Indigenous status are as described in the 2009 Data Standards Manual — Student Background Characteristics, published by MCEETYA, as in force when these Regulations commence.

Note   The 2009 Data Standards Manual — Student Background Characteristics is available on the Internet at http://www.mceecdya.edu.au.

3.4           Reporting periods

                The Minister may, in writing, determine a period to which a report that includes performance information mentioned in Schedule 1 must relate.

Part 4                 Funding agreements — individual school information

  

4.1           Specified individual school information

                For subsection 19 (1) of the Act, the information in this Part for an individual school is specified.

4.2           Contextual information

         (1)   The information is the following information about the individual school:

                (a)    the school information statement;

               (b)    whether the school belongs to the Catholic school sector or the independent school sector;

                (c)    the school grades offered by the school;

               (d)    the street address of the school;

                (e)    total number of students enrolled at the school;

                (f)    total full-time equivalent student enrolments at the school;

                (g)    total student enrolments at the school disaggregated by sex;

                (h)    total student enrolments at the school disaggregated by school grade;

                 (i)    the de-identified residential address of each student enrolled at the school;

                (j)    the number of Indigenous students enrolled at the school;

               (k)    the number of students of a language background other than English enrolled at the school;

                 (l)    the number of students with a disability enrolled at the school.

         (2)   For paragraph (1) (a), a school information statement is a short statement about the school that may include information about any of the following matters:

                (a)    the school’s mission;

               (b)    the school’s values;

                (c)    the school’s focus;

               (d)    achievements;

                (e)    specialist programs;

                (f)    student welfare programs;

                (g)    curriculum strengths and extra curricular activities;

                (h)    contextual information about the school’s affiliations and philosophy;

                 (i)    the address of the website for the school or school system.

4.3           Capacity information

         (1)   The school income broken down by income type.

         (2)   The following information about the teaching and non-teaching staff at the school:

                (a)    the number of teaching staff;

               (b)    the number of full-time equivalent teaching staff;

                (c)    the number of non-teaching staff;

               (d)    the number of full-time equivalent non-teaching staff;

                (e)    the number of teaching staff by level of expertise.

4.4           Outcomes information

         (1)   The rate of student attendance at the school disaggregated by school grade, sex, and Indigenous status.

Note   Performance information for student attendance is prescribed, for section 18 of the Act, in Part 3 of these Regulations.

         (2)   NAPLAN outcomes.

         (3)   The following information about secondary school outcomes for each student enrolled at the school:

                (a)    the number of students participating in vocational education and training;

               (b)    the number of students attaining qualifications in vocational education and training;

                (c)    the number of students attaining year 12 or equivalent qualifications;

               (d)    the number of students attaining qualifications, at the end of their schooling, other than year 12 or equivalent;

                (e)    tertiary entrance results;

                (f)    the destination of each student enrolled at the school after the end of the student’s secondary education.

      (3A)   Information about the satisfaction with the school of students, parents and teachers.

         (4)   For subregulation (2), NAPLAN outcomes means:

                (a)    de-identified individual student results from the NAPLAN assessments from 2008 onwards in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy at each of years 3, 5, 7 and 9; and

               (b)    for each NAPLAN assessment, the number of students:

                          (i)    exempted from the assessment; and

                         (ii)    absent from the assessment; and

                         (iii)    withdrawn from the assessment.

Note   NAPLAN assessments are prescribed, for section 17 of the Act, in Part 2 of these Regulations.

Part 5                 Funding agreements — reporting to parents etc.

  

5.1           Student reports

         (1)   For paragraphs 20 (3) (d) and (e) of the Act, and subject to subregulation (2), a report of a student’s achievement must include, for subjects studied, an assessment against achievement levels defined by the education authority or school, being levels:

                (a)    labelled as A, B, C, D or E (or on an equivalent 5 point scale); and

               (b)    clearly defined against specific learning standards.

         (2)   The Minister may approve a different form of student report for this regulation.

         (3)   The report must be provided at least twice in a program year.

Note   A relevant authority or school may have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 in providing information.

Part 6                 Funding agreements — publication by schools of information relating to schools

  

6.1           Information relating to schools

         (1)   For subsection 21 (1) of the Act, and subject to subregulation (2), the following information for a school is specified:

                (a)    contextual information about the school, including the characteristics of the student body;

               (b)    teacher standards and qualifications (as mandated in the relevant jurisdiction);

                (c)    workforce composition, including Indigenous composition;

               (d)    student attendance at school, including:

                          (i)    the rates of attendance for the whole school and for each year level; and

                         (ii)    a description of how non‑attendance is managed by the school;

                (e)    senior secondary outcomes, including the percentage of year 12 students:

                          (i)    undertaking vocational training or training in a trade; and

                         (ii)    attaining a year 12 certificate or equivalent vocational education and training qualification;

                (f)    student outcomes in standardised national literacy and numeracy testing;

                (g)    parent, student and teacher satisfaction with the school;

                (h)    post‑school destinations;

                 (i)    school income broken down by funding source.

Note 1   Under subsection 21 (1) of the Act, the information must relate to the school for a program year.

Note 2   Subsection 24 (1A) of the Act provides that a funding agreement must not require a report to include any information that would identify a particular donor as a funding source of any non‑government school or non‑government body.

Note 3   It is expected that the definition of school income broken down by funding source for paragraph (i) will be prescribed at a later date.

         (2)   The Minister may approve a different form of information for this regulation.

         (3)   The information mentioned in subregulations (1) and (2) is the minimum information required, and this regulation does not prevent a school from making other information available.

         (4)   For subsection 21 (2) of the Act, a school must:

                (a)    make the information publicly available on the Internet; and

               (b)    make arrangements to provide the information, on request, to a person who is responsible for a student and is unable to access the Internet.

Note   A relevant authority or school may have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 in providing information.

Part 7                 Grants for recurrent expenditure

  

7.1           Average Government School Recurrent Costs — meaning of AGSRC

                For subsection 36 (2) of the Act, the table sets out amounts for program years and types of education.

Item

Program year

Primary education ($)

Secondary education ($)

1

2009

8 380

10 646

2

2010

9 070

11 393

7.2           Indigenous supplementary assistance — primary education funding amounts

                For subsection 67 (3) of the Act, the table sets out assistance amounts per student for program years and types of primary school campus.

Item

Program year

Non-remote school campus ($)

Remote and very remote school campus ($)

1

2009

1 668

4 012

2

2010

1 805

4 342

7.3           Indigenous supplementary assistance — secondary education funding amounts

                For subsection 69 (3) of the Act, the table sets out assistance amounts per student for program years and types of secondary school campus.

Item

Program year

Non-remote school campus ($)

Remote and very remote school campus ($)

1

2009

2 381

4 656

2

2010

2 548

4 983

Part 8                 Grants for capital expenditure

  

8.1           Capital expenditure supplementation number

         (1)   For subsection 85 (2) of the Act, the table sets out capital expenditure supplementation numbers for program years.

Item

Program year

Number

1

2009

1.051

2

2010

0.997

         (2)   For paragraph 85 (4) (a) of the Act, the index of building prices is the Non-residential Building Construction Index (4113) Australia; Original, produced and published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Tables 15 and 16 of the Time Series Spreadsheets within Catalogue No. 6427.0 Producer Price Indexes, Australia, June 2009.

         (3)   For paragraph 85 (4) (b) of the Act, the index of wage costs is the Total Hourly Rates of Pay Excluding Bonuses; Australia; Construction; Private and Public; All Occupations; Original, produced and published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Table 5b of the Time Series Spreadsheets within Catalogue No. 6345.0 Labour Price Index Australia, June 2009.

Note   The 6427.0 Producer Price Indexes, Australia and the 6345.0 Labour Price Index, Australia are available on the internet at http://www.abs.gov.au.

Part 9                 Grants for targeted expenditure

  

9.1           Literacy, numeracy and special learning needs — school grants amounts

                For subsection 98 (2) of the Act, the base assistance amount for the 2009 program year is $146 258 955.

9.2           Literacy, numeracy and special learning needs — guarantee amounts

                For paragraph 99 (b) of the Act, the table sets out guarantee amounts for program years.

Item

Program year

Guarantee amount ($)

1

2009

1 867 513

2

2010

812 036

9.3           Targeted expenditure supplementation number

                For subsection 101 (2) of the Act, the table sets out targeted expenditure supplementation numbers for program years.

Item

Program year

Number

1

2009

1.047

2

2010

1.109

 


Schedule 1        Performance information

(regulation 3.1)

Part 1          Measures for English literacy

    101       The percentage of students in each of years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at each level of proficiency in the NAPLAN assessment in each of reading, writing and language conventions, including specific reference to the national minimum standards.

    102       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the PISA reading literacy assessment for 2009 and 2012.

Part 2          Measures for numeracy and mathematics

    201       The percentage of students in each of years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at each level of proficiency in the NAPLAN assessment in numeracy, including specific reference to the national minimum standards.

    202       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the PISA mathematical literacy assessment for 2009 and 2012.

    203       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the TIMSS mathematics assessment, year 4, for 2010.

    204       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the TIMSS mathematics assessment, year 8, for 2010.

Part 3          Measures for science

    301       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the NAP science literacy assessment, year 6, for 2009 and 2012.

    302       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the PISA scientific literacy assessment for 2009 and 2012.

    303       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the TIMSS science assessment, year 4, for 2010.

    304       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the TIMSS science assessment, year 8, for 2010.

Part 4          Measures for civics and citizenship

    401       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in civic knowledge and understanding in the NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 6, for 2010.

    402       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in citizenship participation skills and civic values in the NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 6, for 2010.

    403       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in civic knowledge and understanding in the NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 10, for 2010.

    404       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in citizenship participation skills and civic values in the NAP civics and citizenship assessment, year 10, for 2010.

Part 5          Measures for ICT literacy

    501       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the NAP ICT literacy assessment, year 6, for 2011.

    502       The percentage of students achieving at or above the standard in the NAP ICT literacy assessment, year 10, for 2011.

Part 6          Measures for vocational education and training in schools

    601       School students undertaking vocational education and training (with new apprenticeships and traineeships disaggregated) as part of their senior secondary school certificate in a calendar year as a proportion of all school students undertaking a senior secondary school certificate in that year.

    602       School students enrolled in a senior secondary school certificate in a calendar year who have completed at least 1 vocational education and training unit of competency/module, as a proportion of all school students undertaking a senior secondary school certificate in that year.

Part 7          Measures for student attendance

Division 1       Information

    701       The number of actual student days during the period to which a report relates as a percentage of the number of possible student days during the period.

Division 2       Definitions

    702       In item 701:

actual student days means the total number of school days attended by students.

possible student days means the total number of school days that could be attended by students.

student means a full‑time student who:

                (a)    is:

                          (i)    an ungraded primary school student; or

                         (ii)    an ungraded secondary school student; or

                         (iii)    in any of years 1 to 10; and

               (b)    is enrolled for the entire duration of the period to which a report relates.

Note   Under regulation 3.4, the Minister may determine the period to which the information must relate.


Notes to the Schools Assistance Regulations 2009

Note 1

The Schools Assistance Regulations 2009 (in force under the Schools Assistance Act 2008) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Year and
Number

Date of FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

2009 No. 132

26 June 2009 (see F2009L02456)

1 Jan 2009

 

2009 No. 223

9 Sept 2009 (see F2009L03331)

10 Sept 2009

2009 No. 324

27 Nov 2009 (see F2009L04324)

28 Nov 2009

2010 No. 292

25 Nov 2010 (see F2010L03046)

26 Nov 2010

Table of Amendments

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