Special education per capita funding
Special education funding is allocated to non-government schools for eligible students with special education and high support needs.
Special education per capita funding is provided as a loading in addition to per capita funding for eligible students.
The amount of funding received depends on each student’s year level and level of disability. The rates are outlined in the 2022 Special Education funding rates.
Definitions and a classification process are used to assess the eligibility of students.
Non-Government schools are required to apply to their relevant sector body, and provide medical documentation to support the need for special education funding.
Committees formed by the Association of Independent Schools Western Australia Inc (for independent schools) and the Catholic Education Western Australia (for Catholic schools) collect, validate and assess data relating to students with special education and high support needs.
The committees assess a student's level of disability using a points system, observation, deliberation and professional advice.
Non-government school funding
Registered non-government schools that operate on a not-for-profit basis may qualify for financial assistance.
Twice a year, all schools in Western Australia are requested to submit student data to the Department.
Low interest loan scheme
The low interest loan scheme assists non-government schools with capital development projects.