Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) has welcomed the ongoing capital funding assistance and recurrent funding for non-state schools outlined in the 2023-24 State budget.
Eligible Queensland independent schools will have access to the third tranche of the original three-year, $180 million capital grants funding, with the Government extending this funding through its $126.8 million non-state school capital grants and student hostel allocation.
ISQ Chief Executive Officer Chris Mountford said the ongoing allocation would be used to supplement the funding of capital projects, which are predominantly funded by a growing base of independent school parents across the state.
“The Queensland State Government has a long history of supporting non-government schooling for specific programs for which the independent sector is very grateful,” Mr Mountford said.
“To see this continue with capital funding support in this latest Budget, along with an ongoing commitment of more than $867 million in recurrent funding for non-state schools is welcomed.
“The ongoing financial viability of independent schools depends on governments maintaining stable and predictable funding for the sector and the continuing commitment and capacity of parents to pay fees.”
Mr Mountford also acknowledged the State Government’s announcement of free kindy for all Queensland families.
“Independent schools have long recognised the value of quality kindergarten programs and currently offer 126 kindergarten services across the sector in Queensland,” Mr Mountford said.
“Any measure which provides more children with the opportunity to access early childhood education and develop a foundation for life-long learning is very much welcomed and supported by the independent sector.”
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