Supporting the vision
Independent Schools in Queensland
On average, the State recurrent funding support for Non-State schools has fallen considerably behind the annual cost increases faced by schools, notably teacher salary increases. As a result, parents have had to increase their contributions through the payment of higher fees and school communities have had to explore sources of other private income. The final 2012 Average Government School Recurrent Cost (AGSRC) figures and supplementation rates for Australian Government funding for 2012 were approved by statutory regulation dated 13 September 2012. These AGSRC figures are based on 2010/2011 financial year data and are $10,057 ($9,697 in 2011) for primary school students and $12,445 ($11,945 in 2011) for secondary students.
Income and Expenditure
Salaries and Costs
The current Enterprise Agreement ceased at the end of 2012. Within this agreement, staff salaries rose by 4% in 2012 which equated to an increased cost of approximately $660,000 including on-costs such as superannuation and long service leave provisions. Approximately 64.2% of the School’s recurrent budget was spent on staff salaries and associated costs in 2012. Quality teachers do come at a cost which the School is committed to expend in order to continue to provide a high standard of teaching and learning. This is one of the most significant factors in the increase in School fees for 2012. In 2012, the Commonwealth increased its funding by an average of 3.9% in recognition of increasing education costs, and the State funding increased by 6.5%. In addition to staffing and other recurrent costs, the School has funded new capital works projects and serviced capital project loans.
The School’s recurrent income in 2012 was derived from a number of sources, namely Tuition Fees, Commonwealth Grants (Recurrent), State Grants (Recurrent), Capital Grants & Donations and Sundry Income. Expenses are categorised as: Salaries & On-Costs; Teaching Expenses; Administration & Maintenance; Depreciation; Interest and Computing. The following graphs indicate the percentage breakup of income and expenditure:
Campus Development and Building Projects
In 2012, a number of campus development plans and initiatives were put in place. The very old Block 4 was demolished in 2012 and a major capital project which was partially funded by the State Government includes the following:
- The new Pre-Prep (Early Learning Centre) Building which houses 2 classrooms;
Other internally funded capital projects include:
Some external funds for ICT were provided by the Commonwealth Government for the ongoing network infrastructure to support the 1:1 laptop program now running in Years 7-12. The ICT network infrastructure supported 1750 computers in the School in 2012 and along with upgraded wireless technology, enabled students to access the internet across the School campus. The 100Mb/sec internet speeds have improved the rate of digital information transfer. It is important to note that the ICT levy paid by parents in 2012 has not funded the laptop hardware, but rather the supporting element of the machines. Approximately 150 laptops are being recycled from the Science Learning Area to the Year 5 and 6 levels in the Junior School at the start of 2013. Older computers continue to be recycled and donated to the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) and to local Anglican parish/Diocesan projects.
The School has fundraised through three main channels in 2012 – our Building, Scholarship and Library Funds. The following chart indicates the structure of the current types of funds for donations which can be made by the community which include those with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status:
Dr Andrè van Zyl
Executive Director of Business