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Student Resource Package — Equity Funding (Student-Based Funding)

EAL Contingency (Reference 27)

EAL Contingency funding is provided, budget allowing, to enable the employment of additional EAL teachers and Multicultural Education Aides where schools experience a significant increase to their EAL student profile after their EAL funding has been established for the year.

A ‘significant increase’ for a primary, secondary or combined primary/secondary school means that the cohort of additional students, based on the rates and weightings outlined in Reference 26, attract funding above the relevant EAL Index funding threshold (primary or secondary). This means there is no set number of students a school must enrol to be eligible for EAL Contingency. Each student’s year level and length of time in Australia determines the level of funding he or she attracts.

A ‘significant increase’ for an English language school or centre or the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program is one which requires provision of an additional class.

Applications for EAL Contingency funding can be submitted at any time of the school year.


  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Primary/Secondary Combined
  • English language schools
  • English language centres
  • Virtual New Arrivals Program


Primary and secondary schools that have enrolled an increased number of students since their EAL Index funding was established by the preceding year’s August census may apply for EAL Contingency funding. Each application is assessed based on the additional students’ eligibility for EAL Index level funding and the rates and weightings outlined in Reference 26.

New primary and secondary schools will not have participated in the preceding August census. They can apply for EAL Contingency funding to establish their EAL program following the February school census.

To apply, primary and secondary schools should run a Contingency Report ST21038 from CASES21 and email this with a request to be considered for EAL Contingency funding to the EAL Unit at The ST21038 report is used to compare current enrolments with enrolments from the preceding August census to determine if an increase beyond the relevant threshold has been reached. Applications from new schools are assessed based on the student numbers in the ST21038 report.

English language schools and centres should use the Request for EAL Contingency Funding for New Arrivals Provision form to discuss changed provision needs with their Regional Service Support Branch Manager, then email the form to:

Schools that apply within the first five weeks of term and meet eligibility requirements are funded for that term and any other remaining terms in the school year.

Schools that apply in week 6 or beyond and meet eligibility requirements are funded for the following and any remaining terms of the school year.

All schools are notified when their request has been assessed, with further notification of their total funding after it has been approved. Payment is made through the Student Resource Package (SRP) at the end of each applicable term.


EAL Contingency = FTE allocation × Average teacher rate

For primary and secondary schools, EAL Contingency is calculated based on the change in the school’s EAL student profile between the previous August census and the date of application, as outlined above. Any additional entitlement to EAL Index funding using the levels and weightings outlined in Reference 26, is converted to FTE and paid pro-rata for the remainder of the school year.

Primary and secondary FTE allocations are calculated separately.

For English language schools and centres and the Virtual New Arrivals Program, each additional class to be provided attracts 1.0 FTE at the average teacher rate, paid pro-rata for the period for which the class will be required.

Rates – 2023

List 1: EAL Index funding thresholds

  • Primary – $27,582.69
  • Secondary – $52,607.17

Thresholds are determined by:

List 2: Average Teacher Rates

Primary schools receive a total of $130,832 made up of:

  • Credit: $127,650
  • Cash: $3,182

Secondary schools receive a total of $130,422 made up of:

  • Credit: $128,769
  • Cash: $1,653

Teacher salary charges to schools will continue to be based on actual payroll debits for individual staff as reflected on eduPay. This includes the actual cost of annual leave loading and all allowances, such as higher duties and special payments. Also included are non-cash benefits for teachers.

Reference 27 of the SRP Guide, providing information on EAL contingency funding including eligibility and rates

Reviewed 02 January 2023

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