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Investment options and costs

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Why a cost-recovery model?

  • The IMPACT Centre operates on a cost-recovery model, with salaries and operational costs fully funded by investing schools.
  • Your school is investing in a specialist teacher or network leader—instead of walking through the classroom door, our specialist logs in to work with your students and staff.
  • As background, Department of Education leaders asked us to create a school-funded model so that each school can match its improvement agenda to our initiatives and invest accordingly.

How to pay full-time equivalent or cash

To invest a small fraction of full-time equivalent (FTE), simply transfer the fraction to the IMPACT Centre via School Budgeting Solution (SBS) in February after Day 8. You can negotiate a switch to cash if Day 8 numbers mean that FTE is no longer viable—please keep funds aside if this could apply to your school.

To invest cash, we simply invoice your school during the program.

  • Many schools use Investing for Success (I4S) funds or internal budget allocations.
  • An increasing number of primary schools use Advancing STEM in primary schools funding to participate in our STEM and critical thinking programs and networks.
  • Some schools ask parents or community organisations to partially or fully contribute.

What are the costs?

  • The following costs apply to all critical thinking, STEM, literacy and numeracy projects.
  • These projects run for 12 weeks and involve a 60-minute web conference lesson per week plus 'anytime' access to online reinforcement/extension activities.
  • These costs do not apply to our Years 4–5–6 Digital Technologies or Design and Technologies subjects that run for a full semester—see individual subject pages under the STEM Series for details.

Note: The costs listed on this page apply to Queensland state government schools.

Option 1:

  • $4,200 per group of 14–15 students or $280 per person.
  • Participate in all 3 rounds across the year.
  • Register by Friday 15 November 2019.
  • Pay by 1 March 2020.
  • Contact us if you would like to request an early payment in Term 4, 2019 or a delayed payment in 2020.

Note: The groups and prices below are examples only—you can have any number of groups across the year.

​Number of groupsNumber of students​FTE fraction​Costs**
​3 groups across the year​42–45 places for the year​0.1 FTE​$12,600
​6 groups across the year​84–90 places for the year​0.2 FTE​$25,200
​9 groups across the year​126–135 places for the year​0.3 FTE​$37,800
​3.5 groups across the year*
​21–22 places for the year
​0.05 FTE
​$280 per person
​Individual students*
​1 or more—school choice
By negotiation
​$280 per person

Option 2:

  • $4,300 per group of 14–15 students or $290 per person.
  • Participate in 1–2 rounds during the year.
  • Register by Friday 15 November 2019.
  • Pay during the relevant round in 2020.
  • Contact us if you would like to request an early payment in Term 4, 2019.

Note: The groups and prices below are examples only—you can have any number of groups in a round.

​Number of groupsNumber of students​FTE fraction​Costs**
​1 group in any round​14–15 places By negotiation​$4,300
​2 groups in 1–2 rounds28–30 places​By negotiation​$8,600
3 groups in 1–2 rounds​42–45 places​By negotiation​$12,900
​Half group in any round​
7–8 places
​​By negotiation​$290 per person
Individual students*
School choice
​By negotiation​​$290 per person

Option 3:

  • $4,500 per group of 14–15 students or $300 per person.
  • Participate in 1–2 rounds.
  • Register on demand after Friday 15 November 2019 and during 2020.
  • Pay during the relevant round in 2020.
  • Contact us if you would like to request an early payment in Term 4 2019.
Note: the groups and prices below are examples only—you can have any number of groups in a round.

​Number of groupsNumber of students​FTE fraction​Costs
​1 group in any round​14–15 places By negotiation​$4,500
​2 groups in 1–2 rounds28–30 places​By negotiation​$9,000
3 groups in 1–2 rounds​42–45 places​By negotiation​$13,500
​Half group in any round
7–8 places
​By negotiation
​$300 per person
​Individual students*
School choice
​By negotiation​​$300 per person

*Band 5–8 primary schools only.

** Early bird—register by 15 November 2019 to access these rates.

Note: Additional costs may apply, e.g. each participating student must use a headset with microphone ($30–$50 per headset) and our science/technologies programs have an extra fee of $35pp—for electronic kits or excursion fees. See individual programs for details.


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Last updated 11 October 2019