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Transition Funding (Rural) (Reference 126)

Transition Funding (Rural) is intended to provide time-limited support to schools most affected by changes to Rural School Size Adjustment Factor (RSAF), Location Index Funding (LIF) and Country Area Program grant (CAP) eligibility as a result of updated geographic boundaries.

Funding and Eligibility

Schools are eligible to receive Transition Funding (Rural) if they meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • face a reduction in funding of greater than $25,000 in 2021 as a result of changes to RSAF, LIF and CAP eligibility from the use of updated geographic boundaries
  • their 2021 Student Resource Package (SRP) allocation is less than their 2020 SRP allocation.

Calculation and formula

Allocation = 2020 SRP (campus level) allocation − 2021 SRP (campus level) allocation

Note: The Transition Funding (Rural) allocation for a school campus has a maximum defined by:

  • the funding reduction in 2021 as a result of changes to RSAF, LIF and CAP eligibility from the use of updated geographic boundaries.

Eligible School Types

As per eligibility for:

  • Rural School Size Adjustment Factor (RSAF),
  • Location Index Funding (LIF) and
  • Country Area Program grant (CAP)

Funding will be based on the 2021 transitioning position of the eligible school, funding is allocated through a mix of credit and cash funding.

Funding for transition is time limited and will reduce annually. The below outlines the transition funding reduction over the transition period, in 2022 Schools transition funding will represent 75% of the previous year transition:

  • 2021 Transition Funding allocated – 100%
  • 2022 Transition Funding allocated – 75%
  • 2023 Transition Funding allocated – 50%
  • 2024 Transition Funding allocated – 25%
  • 2025 Transition Funding allocated – 0%

Example: Transition Funding (Rural) for a school is calculated as follows.

A school with numbers in the table below satisfies the eligibility conditions.

SRP Item Amount ($) Formula reference (refer to Formula reference below for explanation)
2020 Total SRP less rural items 1,300,000 A
2020 Rural items no longer eligible (RSAF/LIF/CAP) 200,000 B
2020 Total SRP 2020 1,500,000 C
2021 Indicative Total SRP before Transition 2021 1,200,000 D
2021 Indicative 2020 SRP − 2021 SRP (w/o transition) 300,000 E
2021 Indicative Transition amount 200,000 F
2021 Indicative Total 2021 SRP with new transition 1,400,000 N/A
2021 Transition amount 2021 (100%) 200,000 Transition Funding reduces over 5 years
2022 Transition Amt 2022 (75%) 150,000 Transition Funding reduces over 5 years
2023 Transition Amt 2023 (50%) 100,000 Transition Funding reduces over 5 years
2024 Transition Amt 2024 (25%) 50,000 Transition Funding reduces over 5 years
2025 Transition Amt 2025 (0%) - Transition Funding reduces over 5 years

Formula reference:

  • A = [ 2020 SRP of the school ] − [ 2020 funding under rural items (RSAF, LIF and CAP) for which the school is no longer eligible ]
  • B = 2020 funding under rural items (RSAF, LIF and CAP) for which the school is no longer eligible
  • C = 2020 Revised Total SRP
  • D = 2021 Indicative SRP without the rurality transition funding
  • E = C − D (2020 SRP − 2021 SRP)
  • F = Min (B,E) (Transition = 2020 SRP − 2021 SRP but capped at the loss of Rural Items).
Reference 126 of the SRP Guide, providing information on Transition Funding (Rural)

Reviewed 02 January 2023

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