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  • Audience
    Assistant principal
    Business manager
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
    Multiple intakes
  • Location
  • Duration
    60 - 120 minutes
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised

Develop the skills to effectively manage school finances. 

Finance Matters focuses on building your technical capability in specific areas of financial management to support the best educational outcomes for your students.

Through a series of virtual workshops, you'll explore how to best manage financial obligations, make sound financial decisions and how to implement effective planning techniques to make your school more efficient. 

The workshops have been designed to address the needs of specific school contexts, including primary, secondary and small schools.

Finance Matters supports the 'Professional leadership' priority area of the Victorian Education State Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).

Finance Matters is a module in the Strategic Management for School Leaders suite, which supports the Department of Education and Training's commitment to lifting the organisational performance of schools.


Designed for principals, assistant principals, business managers, and school finance liaison officers.


Designed and delivered by the Schools Finance and Resources Branch.

Finance Matters comprises a series of discrete virtual workshops that unpack key areas of financial management in a school environment. 

Before attending a workshop, you may be asked to investigate or collate school data to ensure you can effectively engage in the learning content.

Financial Reporting

These sessions provide principals, assistant/aspiring principals, leading teachers, teachers, business managers and administrative staff with an overview of the CASES21 key reports and the Student Resource Reporting package.

SFLO Budget Development

This session outlines the essentials of an effective annual budgeting process, including developing an annual cash budget cycle with consideration of anticipated revenue and expenditure, timelines, consultation, and the role of School Council.

SRP and Workforce Planning for Schools

These sessions are designed to support schools with their SRP and Workforce Budgeting and related Planning throughout the year and will be run in 4 separate blocks, 1 each term. The expectation is that participants will enrol in 1 session per term.

SRP and Workforce Planning for Special School Settings

These sessions are designed to support special school settings with their SRP and Workforce Budgeting and related Planning throughout the year, being run as separate sessions with an expectation of enrolment in 1 session each term.

Financial Management

These sessions are designed to support schools with their Financial Management requirements including responsibilities, fraud prevention, procurement, asset management, governance and segregation of duties.

Taxation - GST and FBT

These sessions are designed to support schools to ensure they comply with all Commonwealth Taxation obligations.  This includes mainly GST and FBT, but also incorporates PAYG, Fuel Tax and more.

SFLO Budget Masterclass

This masterclass will be made up of 6 online budget workshops, 1 session a week, spanning a 10-week period. You will learn how to complete your schools indicative cash budget in preparation for presentation to school council.

Geoffrey Rose
Project Officer
03 7022 2495

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