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Guides & Guidelines as amended, taking into account amendments up to Schools Assistance (Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores) Amendment 2013 (No. 1)
Administered by: Education and Training
Registered 21 May 2013
Start Date 01 Mar 2013
Date of repeal 01 Apr 2019
Repealed by Sunsetting

Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores 2008

as amended

 

approved under subsection 72(3)

 

Schools Assistance Act 2008

This compilation was prepared on 4 April 2013 taking into account amendments up to the Schools Assistance (Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores) Amendment 2013 (No.1) (F2013L00349)

Prepared by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

Schools Assistance Act 2008

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS (SES) SCORES 2008

 

1        CITATION

These Guidelines may be cited as the Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores 2008.

 

2        AUTHORITY

These Guidelines are approved under subsection 72(3) of the Schools Assistance Act 2008 for the purposes of making a determination under subsection 72(2) of the Act.

 

3        DATE OF EFFECT

These Guidelines take effect on 1 January 2009.

 

4        REVOCATION

These Guidelines revoke:

 

·         States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) (SES Scores Guidelines) Approval 2000, which commenced on 1 January 2001 (see F2007B00433) and;

·         Amendment No. 1 to the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) (SES Scores Guidelines) Approval 2000, which commenced on 1 January 2008 (see F2007L04281).

 

The revocation of the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) (SES Scores Guidelines) Approval 2000 and Amendment No. 1 to the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) (SES Scores Guidelines) Approval 2000, does not affect the validity of a payment or decision made under those guidelines.


 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

Schools Assistance Act 2008

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS (SES) SCORES 2008

 

Definitions

In these Guidelines, definitions apply as set out in sections 4 to 10 of the Act.  In addition, the following definitions apply:

 

Australian Bureau of Statistics means the Australian Bureau of Statistics established under section 5 of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975;

CD number, for a CD, means the number attributed to the CD by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the purposes of the Census;

Census means the 2006 Census of Population and Housing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics;

Census Collection District (or CD) means an area designated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as a Census Collection District for the purposes of the Census;

geocoding, for a student residential address included in a statement of addresses for a non-government school, means the process of assigning that address to a CD;

SES dimension means any of the following dimensions:

(a)   Occupation;

(b)   Education;

(c)   Household Income;

(d)   Household Income based on Families with Dependent Children (‘Family Income’);

SES dimension score, for a CD, means a number for a SES dimension rounded to four (4) decimal places.  This number is derived from data for the relevant SES dimension collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the purposes of the Census;

statement of addresses, for a non-government school, means a statement:

(a)   that contains student residential addresses for the school for the calendar year specified in the statement; and 

(b)   that is provided by the approved authority of the school to the Department;

student residential address, for a non-government school, means the residential address of a student receiving primary education or secondary education at the school other than a student:

(a)   who is an overseas student; or

(b)   who is receiving primary distance education or secondary distance education at the school.


 

PART 1:  Non-government schools other than Special Assistance Schools and Special Schools

 

1.1          SES index

The SES Index, from which the SES scores for schools are derived, comprises the following dimensions - Occupation, Education and Income (½ Household Income / ½ Family Income).

 

1.2          SES dimension scores

SES dimension scores for CDs for 2009 onwards are derived by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2006 Census data.

 

1.3          Geocoding of students’ residential addresses

Each student residential address contained in the statement of addresses for a school is to be geocoded unless it is not reasonably practicable to geocode that address.  A minimum of 95 per cent of total student residential addresses must be geocoded in order to calculate a school’s SES score.

 

1.4          Methodology for calculating a non-government school SES score

 

1.4.1       The score is based on the four individual dimensions of the SES index for each CD.  The worked example in Table A shows a non-government school SES score calculated using CDs with missing SES dimension scores.

  

1.4.2       The methodology for calculating a non-government school SES score is as follows:

i.  Take the SES dimension scores of the CD to which each student residential address on a school’s statement of addresses has been geocoded.

ii.  Calculate to four (4) decimal places the average value for each of the SES dimension scores for the CD referred to in sub-section (i) above.  The total for a dimension is averaged only by the number of addresses containing a score for that dimension.  If an address has not been geocoded to a CD, the address is not included in the calculation.

iii.  Calculate the non-government school SES score to four (4) decimal places using the following formula:

School SES Score =

   Occupation dimension / 3

 

+ Education dimension / 3

 

+ Household Income dimension / 6

 

+ Family Income dimension / 6

 

iv.  Round the non-government school SES score to the nearest whole number.

For example:       95.4567 is rounded to 95

                                  95.5123 is rounded to 96.

 

1.4.3       A practical example of how a non-government school SES score is calculated is shown in Table A.

 

Table A: Example of calculation of the SES score for a non-government school

SRN

Address

CD

Occupation
Dimension

Education
Dimension

Household
Income
Dimension

Family
Income
Dimension

1

5 Smooth St Curlcurl NSW 2000

2587415

140.2584

126.6541

132.2541

131.8956

2

4 Rough St

Flattown NSW 2000

2587416

69.0125

78.2569

 

 

3

7 Wavy St

Ziptown NSW 2000

2587345

 

58.2143

85.2569

 

4

2 Red St

Redtown NSW 2000

 

 

 

 

 

5

1 Flat Street, Flattown NSW 2000

2587417

51.2698

25.1587

 

41.3658

(a) Total of the SES dimension scores

260.5407

288.2840

217.5110

173.2614

(b) Total number of geocoded student residential addresses with a score for that dimension

3

4

2

2

Average value of dimension

[(a) divided by (b)]

86.8469

 72.0710

108.7555

86.6307

Occupation dimension/3 + Education dimension/3 +Household Income dimension/6 + Family Income dimension/6

86.8469 / 3 + 72.0710 / 3 +

108.7555 / 6 + 86.6307/ 6

=

28.9490 + 24.0237 + 18.1259 + 14.4385

School’s SES score (to 4 decimal places)

85.5371

School’s SES score (rounded)

86

 

PART 2: Special Assistance Schools and Special Schools

2.1          The SES score for Special Assistance Schools and Special Schools will be 85.

 

PART 3: Majority Indigenous Student Schools

3.1          In a program year in which a school is a Majority Indigenous Student School, the SES score for the school will be 85.

 

 

 

 

Notes to the Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores 2008

Note 1

The Schools Assistance Act 2008 – Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores 2008 as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

 

Table of Instruments

 

 

Title

Date of FRLI registration

Date of commencement

Application, savings or transitional provisions

 

 

Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores 2008

 

22 December 2008

(see F2008L04762)

1 January 2009

-

Schools Assistance (Guidelines for Determining Socio-Economic Status (SES) Scores) Amendment 2013 (No.1)

28 February 2013

(see F2013L00349)

1 March 2013

-

 

        

         Table of Amendments

          ad.= added or inserted am.= amended rep. = repealed rs.= repealed and substituted

 

                     Provision affected                                        How affected

 

 

Part 1.2

rs. 2013 F2013L00349