Federal Budget Delivers new Local School Community Fund
Independent Schools Queensland has welcomed the Australian Government’s Budget measures for Queensland independent school communities.
ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said the 2019-20 Federal Budget confirmed the Morrison Government’s commitments to non-state schools and parental choice in education with an investment of $292 billion in total school recurrent funding from 2019 to 2029.
According to the Budget papers, recurrent annual funding for all Australian schools will grow from $19.9 billion in 2019 to $32.4 billion in 2029.
Mr Robertson said the Budget confirmed a range of school funding measures previously announced by the Australian Government and also included some new initiatives.
“The new measures include a $30.2 million Local School Community Fund in 2019-20 which will fund priority projects in local school communities, including school activities, equipment and upgrades,” he said.
“It was reassuring to see the Government’s ongoing commitment to early childhood confirmed in the Budget. The Australian Government has given early childhood education and care centres and their families certainty and stability by investing a further $453.1 million to extend the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education until the end of 2020.”
ISQ also welcomed confirmation in the Budget of an immediate $4 million injection in 2018-19 for non-state schools impacted by the recent North Queensland floods.
“We are working with independent schools to ensure eligible schools impacted by the floods and those that have been supporting boarding families from flood-affected areas meet the 3 May deadline to lodge their applications for assistance.”
The Morrison Government has also included targeted funding for regional and remote students and their schools.
“The Government has announced $71.6 million to improve outcomes for very remote students by encouraging teachers to teach and stay longer in their schools. They are doing this by remitting the HELP debt incurred for recognised teaching qualifications of more than 3,000 graduate students who teach for a minimum of four years in very remote schools,” Mr Robertson said.
“Additional budget commitments to enhance education and teaching resources to support the delivery of maths, phonics, democracy education, music, the arts, respectful relationships and social and emotional wellbeing in schools are also welcomed,” he said.
Federal Education and Training Minister Dan Tehan’s 2019-20 Budget Release can be found HERE
Department of Education and Training Portfolio Budget Statement can be found HERE
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