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Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives

Career Education Funding (Reference 91)

Career Education Funding (CEF) supports schools to provide career education activities for all students in Years 7 to 12.

CEF replaced managed individual pathways (MIPs) funding in 2019.

CEF accountability and reporting requirements are available at Career Education Funding – Accountability and Reporting Requirements.

Funding and eligibility

Eligible school or campus types:

  • Secondary
  • Primary/Secondary combined
  • Special
  • Special Development
  • Language

Hospital, deaf and miscellaneous campuses are not eligible for CEF funding except for Virtual School Victoria and Victorian College of the Deaf. Camp/outdoor schools are ineligible irrespective of their entity register classification. Aurora School, Yarra Me School and the Netschool Campus of Bendigo Senior Secondary College are not eligible. Funding is calculated at the Indicative, Confirmed and Revised cycles. Funding is allocated through cash funding.

For Years 7 to 9

CEF funding is based on enrolments of students in Years 7 to 9 in Victorian government secondary school settings and students aged 12 to 14 years in Victorian government specialist schools and English Language settings.

For Years 10 to 12

CEF funding is based on the enrolments of students aged 15 years and over in Victorian government specialist schools and English Language settings and Years 10 to 12 in all other Victorian government secondary schools, and the school's Student Family Occupation (SFO) density.

Additional funding is provided to schools with SFO densities greater than a threshold value to support young people at risk of disengaging or not making a successful transition to further education, training or secure employment.

Calculation

For Years 7 to 9

CEF allocation = CEF enrolments × Base per student rate

Note: If a school's CEF allocation is less than the Minimum allocation (as identified in 'Rates' below), the school will receive the Minimum allocation. The Minimum allocation is set based on enrolment levels.

For Years 10 to 12

CEF allocation = Base allocation + At risk allocation

Note: If a school's CEF allocation is less than the Minimum allocations (as identified in 'Rates' below), the school will receive the Minimum allocation. The Minimum allocation is set based on enrolment levels.

Base allocation = CEF enrolments × Base per student rate

At risk allocation (only if the schools SFO index is greater than the SFO threshold – see 'Rates' below) = CEF enrolments × ([School SFO index] − [SFO threshold]) / (1 − [SFO threshold]) × At risk allocation per student rate.

Rates – 2023

For Year 7

Base per student rate: $15 per CEF enrolment

Minimum allocation: $250

For Year 8

Base per student rate: $20 per CEF enrolment

Minimum allocation: $250

For Year 9

Base per student rate: $40 per CEF enrolment

Minimum allocation: $500

Years 10 to 12 – per student rates

Base per student rate: $61 per CEF enrolment

At risk allocation per student rate: $559 per CEF enrolment

SFO threshold: 0.4190

Minimum allocations:

  • Less than 30 CEF enrolments: $208 per CEF enrolment
  • 30 to 99.9 CEF enrolments: $6,000 in total
  • Greater than or equal to 100 CEF enrolment: $10,000 in total
Career Education Funding Guidance for Department Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives policy

Reviewed 05 January 2023

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