The Financial Questionnaire (FQ) is an annual collection of income, expenditure, assets and liabilities from all non-government schools.
Non-government schools in receipt of recurrent funding are required to enter data into the 2018 (2017 data) FQ by extracting the relevant information from the school's 2017 audited financial statements.
The 2018 (2017 data) FQ must be completed on or before 30 June 2018.
Download the FQ instructions:
Common Errors in the FQ
Changes for this year
The 2018 FQ has introduced additional FQ items. The additional items improve the capturing of income and expenses, along with data mapping for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) reporting purposes.
Approved authorities are required to attach a full set of audited financial statements prior to declaring the FQ data.
Approved authorities registered with the ACNC, will have the opportunity to preview a summary of information that will be populated on the ACNC register, unless the approved authority has indicated to the ACNC that they would rather provide the information directly.
For more information, please refer to the FQ Instructions.
Chart of Accounts
Both the Accrual and Cash Chart of Accounts are designed to allow non-government schools to track their income, expenditure, assets and liabilities in a manner that will simplify their FQ reporting.
The Chart of Accounts can be used as a guide for the development of non-government schools' accounting and financial reporting systems.
Schools may use the Chart of Accounts in a number of ways:
adopt it in its entirety
use it for direction for recording transactions in the school's own chart of accounts
seek advice from your accounting software provider about using it in conjunction with their platform.
Preliminary My School Finance Report
The 'Preliminary My School Finance Report' is a tool to assist schools with understanding how their FQ data will be used to produce My School finance reports. This tool generates a preliminary My School finance report based on the 2018 FQ return.
The preliminary report is a guide only and will not include, for example, possible allocations of costs incurred by third parties which is required under the My School finance data collection methodology.
Download a sample copy of the FQ template:
Download a copy of the Chart of Accounts:
Download the My School finance report tool:
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