Tasmania leading the way in education funding Tue 29 May 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills More Tasmanian students attend Government schools than the national average, the Minister for Education, Nick McKim, said today. He told Budget Estimates that in Tasmania, 71 per cent of students attended Government schools compared to a national average of 65 per cent. "This is six per cent above the national average and only the Northern Territory's figure is higher," Mr McKim said. "It is a credit to our teachers and the Education Department that our Government schools continue to attract the vast majority of students." Mr McKim also revealed figures which showed Tasmania's Education Department was the second leanest bureaucracy in Australia. He said figures released in February this year showed that for 2009-10, Tasmania spent $553 per student on out of school costs. "This figure is 23 per cent or $166 less than the Australian average. "Only New South Wales now is spending less on administration, which arguably is made easier with its economies of scale. "It is particularly pleasing because in 2005-06 Tasmania's per student expenditure on out of school costs, was $966 per student which had been 45 per cent higher than the Australian average. "This is a remarkable turn- around. "It means that money that was previously spent on administration is now able to be spent on students." Mr McKim also said Tasmania also spent more on students with disability in Government schools compared to other States. "The average funding per student for students with disability in Tasmania in 2009-10 was $41,817," he said. "This is more than $16,000 more than New South Wales which provided the next highest funding of $25,765. "It is a whopping $37,000 more than what is spent in South Australia. "The funding of Tasmanian students with disability shows that we are well ahead of other States and are committed to helping those who need it most. "It is also puts paid to the myths being perpetuated by the Liberals that support for children with high needs had been cut. "I understand the challenges faced by students with disability and that is why we increased the special needs funding by $4.3 million to $68.1 million for the 2012 school year."