Funding estimator shows a win for Hasluck schools

A new schools funding estimator is set to help Hasluck parents, teachers, principals and school communities see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Turnbull Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan.

The Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Member for Hasluck said the new online estimator showed that schools across the local area would benefit from a funding increase of $128.6 million between 2017 and 2021.

“From 2017 to 2027 in Hasluck, estimated average funding per student in the Government Education System is estimated to rise from $2, 158 per student to $4, 202 and from $7, 608 to $11, 610 per student in the Independent Education System.  Funding will also continue to grow in the Catholic Education System, with the on average per student growth rising from its current $9, 856 per student to $14 461 per student in 2027.”

“Every child in Australia deserves access to support and the opportunity to succeed. They deserve schools that are well and fairly funded and encourage the highest academic standards” said Mr Wyatt.

“We’re delivering long-term funding certainty for schools and communities and ensuring everybody is treated fairly and equitably.”

“Our plan factors in the background, family life, levels of disability and socioeconomic status of each student and school to ensure funding is truly needs-based and fair” said Mr Wyatt.

“Everyone can see for themselves exactly how our plan will benefit their school by visiting education.gov.au/qualityschools and clicking through to the Schools Funding Estimator.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s plan would transform Australian schools.

“Our plan will set students on the path to academic excellence and achieve real needs-based funding for students from all backgrounds, in every town and city, in every region and state, in every classroom,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Our changes will ensure all schools and states transition to an equal Commonwealth share of the resource standard in a decade, unlike the 150 years of inequity that the current arrangements Labor have left us with.”

“While we know a strong level of funding for schools is vital, what’s more important is how that funding is used.”

“That’s why we’ve asked David Gonski to lead a new inquiry into improving the results of Australian students. He’ll be focused not on how much funding there is, but how it’s used through the most effective teaching and learning strategies to reverse declining results and to raise the performance of schools and students.

Further details of the Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools reform package are available at: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools