Quality education for all Victorian students

Victorian State Election 2018

How do the major parties stack up in Victoria?

Labor Party

Track Record

Closed the per student funding gap by $904 in the first two years of government

$3.8 billion for new public schools and upgrades, including more funding in one year than the Liberals did over their entire four years of government

$320 million rescue fund for TAFE

$135.9 million boost to preschools


Committed to delivering billions of dollars of extra funding by lifting the state contribution to the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) from 66% to 75%, and pushing for the Morrison government to contribute 25% of public schools’ SRS instead of 20%

$5 billion early childhood package to fund 15 hours of preschool for all three year-olds, and build and upgrade almost 1000 preschools

50 fee-free TAFE courses budgeted to commence in 2019

$51.2 million to place over 190 mental health workers in secondary schools

$400 million in public funds to private schools for infrastructure works including new schools and upgrades

100 new schools across the state over next eight years, including a promise to colocate preschools with new primary schools

Liberal Party

Track Record

The previous Liberal government made devastating cuts of $625 million to public schools

Refused to deliver almost $1 billion of Gonski funding to schools

Decimated TAFE, stripping $1.2 billion from the sector over four years

No agreement, commitment or investment in early childhood


No plan to fund public schools properly

Curriculum reviewed and narrowed to favour ‘Australian history and values’ and abolish Safe Schools

$400 million in public funds to private schools for infrastructure works including new schools and upgrades

NAPLAN to continue without review – plus more standardised testing: a compulsory phonics test for Year 1 students, with no commitments to resources

Police in 10 targeted secondary schools

Solar power for every Victorian school that doesn't currently have panels

No TAFE or early childhood commitments

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Right now, more than 50% of three-year-olds in Victoria are missing out on a preschool education due to prohibitive costs.
We’re calling on Matthew Guy’s Liberals to match the Andrews Labor government commitment to fund 15 hours of preschool for all three-year-olds.

Support our preschools


Victoria is growing by 3,000 people every week. This means that 90,000 new students will enter Victoria’s schools in the next five years.
Victoria needs a government that will commit to funding our students to the national average and deliver 1600 additional teachers to make sure no child gets left behind.

Support our schools


Victoria needs job-ready graduates – and that means a strong vocational education system with TAFE at the centre.
We need a government that will guarantee at least 70% of vocational education funding goes to our public TAFEs.

Support Tafe

Who are we?

Put Education First is a campaign about making sure Victoria’s public education system supports every student, teacher, principal, support staff and educator. We are a network of parents, educators and community members standing together for public education in Victoria.

From preschool, to school and TAFE – public education is an investment in our future.

Everyone, no matter your income or circumstance, deserves a quality education. Join the campaign to be part of the movement calling for more investment, more staff and better access to education in Victoria.