Every student deserves the funding and support they need to thrive at school.
We need governments to ensure fair funding for every school and every child.
What is the state of public school education in Victoria?
Victoria’s government school students are funded at $1,514 a year less than the national average, and $1,991 less than the official resourcing benchmark set by government.
Immediate investment in public schools needed
Only 1% of Victoria’s public schools receive the minimum Schooling Resource Standard (SRS), despite educating 80% of our most disadvantaged students. Achieving 100% of the SRS would mean an extra $1,991 on average for each Victorian school student. For a school of 500 students, this is the equivalent of 10 additional teachers.
Schools building and facilities boosted
Victoria’s public schools need additional investment in buildings and facilities to ensure that every learning space is safe and fit for purpose. With growing enrolments, immediate investment in new schools across the state must be delivered.
Teachers pushed to the edge
When schools are underfunded, staff bear the brunt. Currently, around half of Victoria’s teachers are considering leaving the system, amid escalating staff shortages. Exhausted teachers with large classes and excessive workloads can’t deliver the quality education and support our children need.
Our public school children deserve better
Give every student the chance to thrive
Every Victorian student deserves the opportunity to thrive at school. To achieve this, our public schools need smaller class sizes, more staff, and greater one-on-one support for students. The critical link between equitable funding and student outcomes is clear. It’s time for governments to make fair and proper needs-based funding a reality.
Increase funding to meet student needs
The 2023 state/federal school funding agreements must ensure every public school reaches at least 100% of the official benchmark funding (SRS). The federal government must also establish a capital works fund for public schools to meet the need of increased enrolments and to ensure all students are educated in up-to-date learning spaces. Students with additional needs, including those with disability, should also receive additional funding to meet their educational needs.
Reduce workloads for better learning
Governments must address the excessive and unsustainable workloads of staff in our public schools. When staff are overworked and underpaid, students suffer. Greater investment means more teachers and support staff, with the time and resources to support every student’s needs. Unless this is addressed, staffing shortages will continue to increase.
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.”
Support Every School, Every Child!
The current state/federal funding agreement does not give Victoria’s public schools the resources they need to meet students’ educational and welfare needs. By the end of 2023, only 1% of our public schools will receive the minimum Schooling Resource Standard.
Proper and fair funding would enable schools to address staff shortages; allow teachers to focus on their core work; and provide better support for all students.
We’re building a massive movement for public education in Victoria – and we need you. Together we can make sure every Victorian student gets the education they deserve. Join us today!