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 recognises that students and school communities are not all the same – they have different needs and require different levels of support.

2017 RAM implementation

2017 represents the fourth year of additional Gonski/NERA funding to NSW public schools through the RAM methodology.

In 2017, the base component will be a streamlined package of operational funding, with multiple line items rolled into a single allocation. This will give schools increased operational flexibility and allow them to focus on the priority of teaching and learning by reducing red tape.

Also, in 2017, enhancements to the socio-economic and Aboriginal background equity loadings will further assist schools in their capacity to support student learning.

Watch a short animation about the important role of RAM funding in the journey to School Excellence for NSW public schools.

For a general summary of the RAM in 2017 read the 2017 RAM Overview.

Click on the interactive image of the RAM triangle to learn more about each component of the RAM. 

Base School Allocation - Base Other Base School Allocation - Base Staffing Base School Allocation - Base Operational Base School Allocation - Location Equity Loadings - Low level adjustment for disability Equity Loadings - English language proficiency Equity Loadings - Aboriginal background Equity Loadings - Socio-economic background Targeted - Individual Student Funding

2017 RAM funding table


Read the speech given by the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP at the NSW Primary Principals' Association Annual Conference on 19 October 2016 and watch the video below.    

The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education New South Wales talks about the Resource Allocation Model and government funding for NSW public schools in 2017.      



NSW public schools are well underway on their journey to school excellence. School Excellence provides a clear and consistent guide for each NSW public school to plan strategically, monitor their progress and self-assess. Watch this animation for further background information on the RAM and the important role the funding plays in the journey to School Excellence.

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 that recognises 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.

Phased implementation of the RAM

The phased implementation of the RAM in NSW public schools began in 2014, with the delivery of targeted funding and two of the four equity loadings (Aboriginal background and socio-economic background).These loadings reflected a new methodology to ensure a fairer distribution of resources.

In 2015, the remaining equity loadings (low-level adjustment for disability and English language proficiency) were delivered. Eligible schools also received the first element of the base allocation, which was a loading to address additional costs faced by geographically remote or isolated NSW public schools.

In 2016, the remaining elements of the base component were delivered. The base funding includes per capita, professional learning, utilities (gas and electricity) and the location loading.



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Additional information


  • The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP at the NSW Primary Principals' Association Annual Conference 

Hon Adrian Piccoli MP speech from the NSW PPA

  • The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP discusses the 2017 RAM funding allocation to schools
Ministers message
  • The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP visits students from Hurstville South Public School
Ministers message
  • The Journey to School Excellence

Animation video