Quality education for all Victorian students

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After eight years of campaigning, we secured ongoing Victorian government funding for two years of funded preschool for all three and four-year-olds! This is a significant transformation of the state’s education system, requiring an additional 11,000 teachers and educators over the next decade. Now, we need government to invest in developing and maintaining a qualified workforce across the sector.

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The state and federal funding model is failing students in public schools. Current arrangements leave 99% of public schools below the basic resource standard – a $19 billion shortfall by 2023. Victorian schools are the lowest funded in the country, and school staff are burning out to make up the shortfall, leading to critical teacher shortages. Every child deserves a quality education. School staff deserve reasonable workloads. Public schools need fair funding now.

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High-quality public TAFE provides an essential pathway for thousands of Australians, but Victoria’s TAFE institutes are still not funded to meet the true costs of delivering courses and providing essential student support services. State and federal governments need to boost their investment in the public sector and provide a minimum 70% of total vocational education funding to TAFE.

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Who are we?

The Put Education First campaign is a network of parents, educators and community members standing up and campaigning for public education in Victoria.

We want to see Victoria’s public education system get the investment, resources and qualified workforce it needs to support every student. Everyone – no matter their income, background or circumstances – deserves the best possible education. From kindergarten to school to TAFE, public education is an investment in our future.

Join us in calling for greater investment from both state and federal governments for public education in Victoria, to give every student the best chance of meeting their full potential. More