Life Education Australia is a company limited by guarantee. It owns and continues to develop the Life Education program. It has an independent Board. Its members include its affiliated State/Territory members – Life Education New South Wales, Life Education Victoria, Life Education Queensland, Life Education South Australia, Life Education Western Australia and Life Education Northern Territory. The program is implemented across Australia by these affiliated member organisations which have the exclusive right, as well as the obligation, to deliver the program in their respective jurisdictions consistent with guidelines specified by Life Education Australia.
What we spent and earned in 2012/2013
Collectively, across Australia, we spend approximately $9.5 million each year delivering our program in preschools and schools.
On average this represents a cost per program participant of approximately $17.50/student. Of course, the actual cost per student participating in our program varies quite a bit, across Australia, depending on various factors such as the size of the school and its location.
These program delivery costs are split as follows:
Direct program delivery costs are those associated with the role of our Educators, the operation of our mobile classrooms, and our resources distributed to schools for the benefit of students and their teachers.
Program support costs are largely associated with a range of additional functions –the coordination and support of our Educators, school liason, fundraising and various administrative functions.
These program costs are financed with funding from various sources:
Schools that self-select to partner with us are charged a fee, on a $/student basis, to secure our support each year. It is not uncommon for the school to pass this fee on to the parents or carers of the students participating in the program.
Various State and Territory governments make a contribution to our program delivery costs in their respective jurisdictions.
Fundraising involves are wide array of activities – attracting contributions from business, trusts and foundations, as well as community organisations. Our most successful public fundraising campaign is Ocsober. Various fundraising events are conducted. A lot of this activity is supported by local community based groups that come together to assist us to raise the funding necessary to deliver the program in schools in their community.
Please note. Separate from the delivery of the Life Education program, coordinated through our State and Territory offices, a range of centralised functions and shared services – such as our program’s development and evaluation, national partnership management, marketing, and national campaign management – are coordinated through our National Office. The costs associated with the function of our National Office are not included in the above figures.