Every public school student deserves a quality education

We need a state government that commits to funding Victorian students to at least the national average

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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

New agreement without industrial action

Introduced Camps, Sports and Excursions fund to help families with the cost of schooling

Delivered Gonski funding to schools

Commitments

Committed to delivering billions of dollars in extra funding as part of the national public school funding agreement

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

Additional 700 teachers to support literacy and numeracy

$850 million funding for 100 new schools over the next 8 years

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

Providing pads and tampons in every government school free of charge

$395.8 million for dental vans visiting all public schools

School Breakfast Clubs increased from 500 to 1000 schools, and expanded to include free lunches

Liberal Party

Track Record

Devastating cuts of $625 million to public schools

Refused to deliver almost a billion dollars of Gonski funding to schools

Bitter, protacted dispute during agreement negotiations

Abolished education maintenance allowance to help families with costs of schooling

Cut literacy and numeracy coaches

Commitments

$400 million for new and upgraded public schools

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

No commitments to recurrent funding for public schools

Paying for class sets of textbooks for secondary students, however it's not means-tested and will place new workload burden on schools

Compulsory phonics test for Year 1 students with no commitments to resource assistance for students

Armed police in 10 targeted secondary schools

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

Bringing back religious education during class time

What is the situation with public school education in Victoria?

Well-funded public education is essential for growing communities to thrive. Public schools educate the majority of Victorian students, including 80% of students facing disadvantage. We need investment in our schools so that every child gets the individual support they need.

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The lowest funded schools in Australia

Victorian public school students are the lowest funded in the country and have been for the last 10 years. Significant recent investment by the Andrews state government has narrowed the gap by $904, but Victorian students are still $1589 per student below the national average.

There are not enough teachers

Currently, there are not enough teachers in public schools to give students the individualised attention and support they need. This is a real problem, especially for students with learning difficulties, disability or who might have problems at home.

Our teachers are overworked

Public school teachers are overworked – most work 53 hour weeks – and are not given adequate time for lesson planning and professional development. This means they are not able to deliver the quality they would like.

Our public school children deserve better

The solution

1600 extra teachers every year

Victoria needs more teachers. Victoria’s population is growing by 3000 people every week, which means that 180,000 new students will enter Victoria’s schools in the next decade.
We need a government that will commit to delivering at least 1600 new teachers every year for the next decade in addition to those needed for growth.

The solution

Increase funding for our schools

Victorian students deserve to be funded to at least the national average. We need a state government that commits to bringing Victoria’s student funding in line with the rest of the country.

Tom - Student

Tom has Asperger’s Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that affects people’s communication and socialisation abilities. Tom’s mother, Jody, says, “Kids like Tom can get so lost in the education system. There needs to be more funding to help these kids within all schools.”

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