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Through this sample of 108 government schools from across metropolitan and regional South Australia, we have started the process to identify the significant and ongoing costs, including, but not limited to, those considered ‘essential’, which
are, in reality, the ‘bare minimum’ costs.

This report from 2021 emphasises the need for greater understanding and for a response at a school and system level that addresses the financial barriers to public education that exist. In doing so, it highlights the need to support the participation, education and wellbeing of all children, young people, and their families, regardless of their circumstances and geographical location.