The Federal Government has found time to give private schools a $3.4 billion boost.

New measures passed by the federal parliament should see private schools receive an extra $3.4 billion over the next decade.

The government has changed the way it calculates the income of parents, and therefor how much taxpayer money a school is entitled to.

The changes have been in planning for some time, but the government has been criticised for bringing them in amid the CVOID-19 pandemic.

“They still want to sneak this cash bonanza for private schools through,” Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi told the upper house on Monday.

Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham said the bill had not been rushed through, but that it is important to make funding models more equal.

“The measures in this bill will enable commonwealth school funding to be distributed more accurately,” he said.

The changes were based on recommendations from the National School Resourcing Board.