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Private school for boys in Perth which charges $27,000 annually, received more than $7 million in employer benefits in 2020 with an operating surplus of more than $8 million declared.
Hill School in Perth considers Government Minister Christian Porter and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts Smith to be alumni.
According to the school’s annual report, it received $7.45 million in employer payments last year. At the same time, the school announced an operating surplus in 2020 of $8.31 million, and also provided discounts for parents.
Employer subsidies were the second largest source of income for the private school in 2020, contributing more than Commonwealth funding, government funding, and boarding fees.
Losses reported under “deductions” also grew during 2020. The school spent $1.93 million on deductions, according to its 2020 annual report, up $1.2 million from $714,332 reported in 2019. The total tuition fee received by the school also increased from 46.1 $1 million in 2019 to $46.8m in 2020.
Hill School is a member of the Association of Independent Schools in Western part of Australia Which requires schools to “demonstrate effective use of government funding”.
Hill declined to answer when asked what made the school eligible for a job or what $7.4 million in government funding had been spent.
Electronics company Harvey Norman received $22 million as an employee in the year 2020, Even as its profits more than doubled during the pandemicBillionaire owner Jerry Harvey refused to pay the money.
Wesley College, a private school in Melbourne that charges over $34,000 for Year 12 students, Received nearly $20 million in an employer job Support last year despite the announcement of a surplus. The college offered parents a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the second semester.
The Hill School did not respond to questions about whether it would pay any employer money to the federal government.
Valerie Gould, executive director of AISWA, said member schools have made their own decisions about whether to apply for an employer job.
“Schools have followed federal government guidelines when applying for a job, as have many other organisations,” she told Guardian Australia.
“Schools made their own decisions as to whether they were eligible to apply for an employer job where they met the criteria, and then their applications were submitted through government processes as were applications from a wide range of institutions.”
The Hale School Foundation – a separate fund that awards scholarships and pays for major construction projects – had more than $24 million in assets at the end of 2020, according to financial documents submitted to the Australian Commission for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations.
The school charges $26,910 annually for students in grades 9-12, $26,790 for years 7-8, and between $16,290 and $23,160 for students from preschool to sixth grade.
Labor federal MP Andrew Lee said the employee amount given to private schools showed the federal government was “wasting” money.
“She had no problem finding $7.5 million in an employer job at Hill School in one year in which they increased their revenue,” he said.
In 2020, the government could have bought enough Pfizer’s vaccine for every Australian adult for about $1 billion. Instead, it has wasted more than $10 billion from employers in increasingly profitable companies.”
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