Public school funding is allocated to schools based on the learning needs of students and school characteristics.
The new model is fair, responsive, flexible and transparent. It delivers funding for each student enrolled and additional funding for students needing extra support.
For example, additional funding is provided for small and isolated schools, Aboriginal children, children facing social disadvantage, children with English as a second language and children with disability.
Professor Richard Teese from The University of Melbourne's Centre for Research on Education Systems talks about the in-depth review he undertook of Western Australia's public school funding mechanism.