Funding our schools and TAFEs

For the quality of education to be maintained in WA, our public schools should be funded to at least 100 per cent of the average cost of educating children in Australia, and no less.

Funding our schools and TAFEs

A wealthy state like Western Australia can afford proper funding for our public schools and TAFE campuses.

Funding that gives our teachers and TAFE lecturers the resources they need to give our children the quality education they deserve.

But, in Western Australia, we’re seeing funding move in the wrong direction.

Over the next few years, the state government is projected to reduce its funding for public schools, so that they are funded to only 95 per cent of the minimum cost of educating a child in Australia, as defined by the federal government’s Schooling Resource Standard (SRS).

Given the additional costs the WA education system faces because of the size of our state, this just doesn’t make sense.

What we are asking for

For the quality of education to be maintained in WA, our public schools should be funded to at least 100 per cent of the average cost of educating children in Australia, and no less.

What we need increased funding for

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More teachers

1,000 additional teachers over four years, so our children get the individual attention they need and schools have the resources they need to support both at-home and at-school learning, should future lockdowns be required. These new full-time positions would be in addition to workforce growth currently planned by the Department of Education, and take on even more importance, given the number of Western Australian families that have returned home during COVID-19.

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Mental health services

Providing additional mental health services and counsellors in our public schools, including 100 FTE school psychologists, so that every child who needs support receives it.

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Digital inclusion

Ensuring every school has fast broadband, modern IT and devices necessary to facilitate face-to-face and at-home learning, and dedicated IT staff for technical support.

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Safety in schools

Providing additional resources, including professional learning, to help teachers deal with extreme student behavioural problems, violence and mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pressures of COVID-19.

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For TAFE

TAFE is the jewel in the crown and central to WA's economic recovery. We're seeking party commitments to ensure:

  • Quality teaching, training and learning
  • Professional development and training
  • Information technology
  • Counselling services