Resource allocation model

The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) has been developed to ensure a fair, efficient and transparent allocation of the education budget for every school.

The model, introduced in phases, recognises that students and school communities are not all the same – they have different needs and require different levels of support.

    2014 RAM implementation included

    1. Targeted (individual student) funding support for students who:

    • require high or moderate level adjustment for disability

    • require specific support

    • are new arrivals or refugees.

    2. The equity loadings that provided support for:

    • Aboriginal students

    • students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

    2015 RAM implementation added

    1. Two more equity loadings for:

    • low level adjustment for disability

    • English language proficiency.

    2. A location loading was delivered to schools through their base school allocation to provide additional funding to isolated and remote schools. 

    2016 RAM implementation added

    The base school allocation which includes:

    • a per capita allocation

    • a professional learning allocation for all staff

    2016 RAM funding table

    The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education New South Wales and public school leaders talk about the Resource Allocation Model.

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    Dail McGilchrist, Executive Director, Learning, High Performance and Accountability, explains the 2016 Resource Allocation Model.

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    The RAM provides many benefits to schools by:

    • ensuring a fairer allocation of funding for all schools based on student needs

    • allocating most funding on a per student basis

    • allocating funding to recognise the different characteristics of each school

    • reducing big changes in a school's funding that can accompany small changes in enrolments

    • providing increased funding that goes directly to schools, enabling certainty in school planning, evaluation and reporting from year to year

    • reducing red tape and reporting requirements

    Watch this animation for further background about the RAM.

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