MORE SCHOOLS FUNDING

Our guaranteed funding commitment invests $315 billion in schools over the next decade (from 2018 to 2029).

This increases average funding per student by 60% over the 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 has delivered needs-based funding for the first time in Australia.

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.

We are refocusing the Australian Curriculum on the essentials. Our Government is also committed to a new national centre of excellence and research for teaching.

We have also secured the agreement of states and territories to work with us to improve results.

SUPPORTING CHOICE

The Morrison Government is backing parents who choose the school that best meets the needs of their child, including Catholic or independent schools.

In total, an extra $4.8 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 provide pastoral care, run programs like breakfast clubs, and co-ordinate volunteer activities for around 3,000 schools.

SUPPORTING APPRENTICES AND TRAINING

100,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships will be supported with a 50% wage subsidy for businesses who employ them.

This is in addition to the 180,000 existing apprenticeships and trainees that are being protected.

The new JobTrainer fund will create up to 320,000 free or low-cost training places for school leavers and job seekers.

HELPING YOUNG JOBSEEKERS

A new JobMaker hiring credit will encourage businesses to hire younger Australians.

It will be paid at the rate of $200 per week for those aged under 30, and $100 per week for those aged between 30 and 35. New hires must work for at least 20 hours a week.

Treasury estimates that this will support around 450,000 jobs for young people.

IMPROVING UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Under the Job-ready Graduates Package of reforms to higher education, government university funding of $18 billion in 2020 will grow to $20 billion by 2024.

The package will create up to 30,000 new university places, and 50,000 new short course places by 2021 and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia.

Further, in 2021, an additional $1 billion has been allocated to support the vital research activities of Australia’s universities.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

The Government’s total commitment to mental health support is $5.7 billion this year, including funding for critical front line services and suicide prevention.

This Budget doubles the number of Medicare funded psychological services available through the Better Access Initiative, from 10 to 20.

The Government is driving the largest expansion of the headspace network, from 124 services to 153 services nationally by 2022.

More funding is also being provided for Lifeline, Beyond Blue and Kids Helpline.

Information current as at December 2020