Federal Labor’s commitment to “deliver the Gonski reforms on time and in full” is a game-changer for needs-based school funding in Australia.
The ball is now firmly in the Turnbull Government’s court — it needs to match Labor’s policy or better it.
In January, Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced an additional $4.5 billion for the nation’s schools for 2018 and 2019 and a total provision of $37.3 billion for the package over a decade. NSW students would benefit from an extra $1.6 billion in 2018 and 2019.
Labor also plans to “properly fund” the Gonski disability loading from 2017 and implement the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into the Education and Attainment of Students with Disability.
The Gonski money being spent right now to assist the most disadvantaged of our students is achieving great results in countless schools around the country. Fully funding the Gonski model will ensure these programs will continue to improve students’ educational outcomes into the future.