MORE SCHOOLS FUNDING

Our guaranteed funding commitment invests an additional $39 billion in schools over the next decade.

This increases average funding per student by 63% over a decade.

To see what long term funding is being provided to your local school, go to: www.education.gov.au/school-funding-estimator

IMPROVING SCHOOL OUTCOMES

The Liberal and Nationals Government is ensuring that our record funding commitment gets better results for Australian students, parents and teachers.

We have delivered needs based funding for the first time in Australia.

The Government is backing the full implementation of NAPLAN to ensure parents and teachers get transparency on student progress.

We are improving teacher quality by testing trainee teachers to ensure they are in the top 30% for literacy and numeracy before they can teach.

The Australian Curriculum is being refocussed on the basics.

Every state and territory has reached an agreement to work with us to improve results.

SUPPORTING CHOICE

The Liberal and Nationals Government are backing parents who choose to educate their children at Catholic or independent schools.

In total, an extra $4.5 billion of funding will be available to non-government schools over the next decade.

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS

We have committed to the National Schools Chaplaincy program on a permanent basis, with a new anti-bullying focus.

This means school chaplains can continue to provide pastoral care, run programs like breakfast clubs and co-ordinate volunteer activities for around 3,000 school communities.

MORE APPRENTICESHIPS

The Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package will create more apprentices.

An additional 80,000 apprentices will be created over five years in occupations with skills shortages, through incentive payments for employers and apprentices.

We are establishing 10 local Industry Training hubs in areas of high youth unemployment, to ensure vocational education meets local workforce needs.

Under Labor (with Bill Shorten as Minister for Employment), there was a 110,000 (22%) decline in apprentice numbers in 2012-13, the largest ever annual decline.

HELPING YOUNG JOBSEEKERS

We are committed to reducing youth unemployment and helping young people find jobs.

Our Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program helps 15-24 year old job seekers move from welfare to work.

The program has already helped more than 55,000 young people into jobs.

IMPROVING UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

In 2020, we are providing record funding of around $18 billion to universities. We are working with them to ensure this leads to better outcomes for students.

Since 2016, we have provided over $600 million in new funding for rural and regional students, and helped over 170,000 students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

We are also ensuring that all publicly funded university research is in the public interest.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

We are ensuring young Australians and their families get access to the best care when and where they need it.

Our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the largest suicide prevention strategy in Australia’s history.

It focuses on strengthening the headspace network by increasing to 153 centres around Australia, a concentrated focus on Indigenous suicide prevention and mental health support for children and their families.

Information current as at February 2020