Cuts: no electorate exempt

Henry Rajendra
City Organiser

NSW public schools facing dramatic cuts of $846 million

The final two years (2018 and 2019) of the NSW Gonski agreement are critical if all NSW schools are to be funded to the minimum resourcing standard designed specifically to meet the learning needs of all students.

Federation has developed an analysis of the Turnbull government’s “School Funding Estimator” website and the NSW Department of Education’s funding data obtained via a Government Information Public Access request. This analysis was to measure the Turnbull plan against its funding obligations within the NSW Gonski Agreement.

The analysis reveals the Turnbull plan will dramatically cut funding to NSW public schools by as much as $846 million in 2018 and 2019. All but 10 of all NSW public schools will suffer funding cuts as a result of the Turnbull government abandoning its commitment to fund its share of the final two years of the NSW Gonski agreement.

The NSW government has maintained its commitment to, and budgeted for its share of the NSW Gonski agreement including 2018 and 2019.

The cuts are so massive that no federal electorate is spared. Regional NSW will be the hardest hit. The federal seat of Parkes, covering a vast area of rural NSW, will see its public schools collectively have funding cut by $43.4 million over the next two years, with schools like Coonamble PS set to lose $1.3 million and Gunnedah HS suffering a $1 million cut.

In an attempt to sell their plan, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, visited Strathfield North Public School the day after its funding announcement. A comparison of the data reveals Strathfield North PS will have its funding cut by $513,300 in 2018 and 2019.

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