Federal Budget Delivers Good News For Schools
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) has welcomed the Australian Government’s four-year funding pledge for the National School Chaplaincy Programme in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said the $247 million four-year continuation of the program would enable many independent schools to maintain this important service for students.
“The renewed focus of the program on supporting students and schools to address bullying and cyberbullying is appropriate given the heightened community awareness and focus on these issues,” Mr Robertson said.
“It is expected about 100 Queensland independent schools will benefit from the continuation of the program which has always been well received by school communities.”
Mr Robertson said the Australian Government’s commitment to school education was further confirmed in the 2018-19 Budget with record total support for schools of $18.7 billion.
“Under the Australian Government’s Gonski 2.0 funding model, this level of support is expected to increase to $30 billion per annum by 2027,” he said.
“Independent schools welcome the certainty provided by the federal funding under the Gonski 2.0 funding arrangements and its fair and equitable allocation across non-government schools.”
Mr Robertson said ISQ looked forward to working with the Australian and Queensland Governments to shape the new National Education Reform Agreement to be signed later this year.
“The agreement, which will be informed by the recently released recommendations from the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, will be an important framework to guide the future of schooling in Australia,” he said.
“All schools have a responsibility to ensure that the increased funding being provided by the Australian Government results in the best possible student outcomes.”
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