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Student Resource Package – Core Student Learning Allocation Funding (Student-Based Funding)

Enrolment Linked Base (Reference 2)

The Enrolment Linked Base (ELB) is provided to ensure that all schools, regardless of size, have sufficient resources to operate effectively. The flat base with taper provides a safety net for small schools whose enrolments are insufficient to generate viable funding. The taper also recognises the economies of scale achievable in larger schools through per student rates.

The base is made up of a flat amount, adjusted by way of a per-student taper that reduces the allocation beyond certain thresholds.

For multi-campus colleges the formula is applied for each campus. To be eligible for multi-campus, each campus must be at least 1km apart.


Schools with the following campus types are eligible for the Enrolment Linked Base funding at a campus level:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Primary/Secondary Combined
  • Community
  • Training Center

The following campuses do not receive this allocation.

School number Campus number School name
3552 6 Yarra Me School
6212 2 Collingwood College
7595 2 Bendigo Senior Secondary College
8003 2 Lynall Hall Community School
8003 3 Lynall Hall Community School
8851 3 Wodonga Middle Years College
8890 8 Charles La Trobe P-12 College
8890 9 Charles La Trobe P-12 College
8917 1 Centre for Higher Education Studies
7757 1 Croydon Community School

Funding is calculated at the Indicative, Confirmed and Revised budget cycles. Funding is allocated through credit and cash funding.


Enrolment Linked Base Funding = Base + (Enrolment × Taper)

  • Refer to the matching school type configuration from the options below.
  • The base is fixed up to an enrolment threshold. Above this level, the per student taper is applied, until the base amount is exhausted.

Example: A primary campus with 600 enrolments would calculate their funding as: Primary base + [100 (enrolment >500) × Primary taper]

Rates 2023

ELB applied Credit ($) Cash ($) Total ($)
Primary (including hub/annex) 68,323 3,508 71,831
Secondary 569,051 27,573 596,624
P-9, P-10 and P-12 597,599 31,869 629,468
P-8 (=0.5 × P-12 Base) 298,799.50 15,934.50 314,734
Sec-Split Site (=1.5 × Sec Base) 853,576.50 41,359.50 894,936
Split Site P-12 (=1.5 × P-12 Base) 896,398.50 47,803.50 944,202

Regular Enrolment Linked Base Taper Credit ($) Cash ($) Total ($)
Primary Taper >500 Per student reduction −182.54 −9.36 −191.90
Secondary and Sec-Split Site Taper >400 Per student reduction −487.58 −23.64 −511.22

The following campus configurations P-8, P-9, P-10, P-12 and Split Site P-12 – use Primary and Secondary tapers.

Reference 2 of the SRP Guide, providing information on enrolment linked funding including eligibility, funding calculations and rates

Reviewed 20 June 2023

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