Kingaroy State High School students Trinity Rose, Ian Nicholson, Larna Buckle, and Nicholas Hume.
Kingaroy State High School students Trinity Rose, Ian Nicholson, Larna Buckle, and Nicholas Hume. Madeline Grace

REVEALED: Burnett's best and worst funded schools

ONE SOUTH Burnett school has received more than $43.7 million in state and federal government money in the past three years - the most funding secured by a South Burnett school in this time.

The massive amount of money some schools have received can be revealed after an independent compilation of figures from the MySchool website.

The figures show exactly how much money each school has received from government funding in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar years, and how much money has been spent on capital projects during the 2015, 2016 and 2017 financial years.

Kingaroy State High School received more money from government coffers than any other school in the region, receiving $43.7 million.

According to the Kingaroy State High School Investing for Success plan and its 2018 Annual School Report, more than $550,000 was spent on providing specialist staff to cater for students' mental health, to track academic success, and maintain school engagement.

The Investing for Success plan indicates Kingaroy State High School has a key focus on quality teaching, making staffing their largest expense.

More than $200,000 was spent yearly on working with teachers to improve their curriculum understanding, behaviour management skills, and teaching skills.

More than $300,000 was spent yearly to replace school assets, which were tracked on an asset replacement schedule.

Kingaroy State High School also provides computers for students who would normally go without.


According to the report for 2019, $250,000 was budgeted to maintain Kingaroy State High School facilities and grounds.

Nanango State High School received the second-highest amount of state and federal government funding at $25.9 million, followed by Kingaroy State School in third, which received $25.9 million during the three-year period.

Cloyna State School in Cloyna received the most government funding per student of any school in the South Burnett region. The school, which had 15 students in 2017, received $35,515 in government funding for each child.

Windera State School in Windera received $33,055 for each of its 15 students in 2017, the South Burnett region's second-highest funding per student.

Throughout the 2015, 2016 and 2017 financial years, Kingaroy State High School spent $7.5 million on capital expenditure, more than any other school in the South Burnett region.

During that same three-year period, Saint Mary's Catholic College spent $5 million on capital expenditure, the region's second-highest.

St John's Lutheran School spent $3.4 million on capital expenditure in that time, the third-highest in the South Burnett region.

Region's most funded schools:

1. Kingaroy State High School: $43.7 million

2. Nanango State High School: $25.9 million

3. Kingaroy State School: $22.3 million

4. Murgon State High School: $21.1 million

5. Nanango State School: $18.9 million

6. Saint Mary's Catholic College: $18.7 million

7. Taabinga State School: $13.5 million

8. St John's Lutheran School: $13.5 million

9. Murgon State School: $10.6 million

10. Cherbourg State School: $10.1 million

Region's least funded schools:

1. Durong South State School: $1.4 million

2. Windera State School: $1.4 million

3. Cloyna State School: $1.5 million

4. Crawford State School: $1.7 million

5. Boynewood State School: $1.7 million

6. Tingoora State School: $1.9 million

7. Wooroolin State School: $2.1 million

8. Tanduringie State School: $2.1 million

9. Moffatdale State School: $2.5 million

10. Wheatlands State School: $3.1 million

Region's schools with the highest capital expenditure:

1. Kingaroy State High School: $7.5 million

2. Saint Mary's Catholic College: $5 million

3. St John's Lutheran School: $3.4 million

4. Wondai State School: $1.3 million

5. Cherbourg State School: $1.2 million

6. Crawford State School: $834,015

7. St Joseph's School: $634,523

8. Windera State School: $431,714

9. St Patrick's Primary School: $400,678

10. Kumbia State School: $330,290

Kingaroy State High School and Durong South State School have been contacted for comment.