Additional Funding Boosts Education From 2017-18 State Budget

Additional Funding Boosts Education From 2017-18 State Budget

Queensland Minister for Education Kate Jones

State Budget Delivers Record $9.8 Billion For Education

Victor P Taffa

Palaszczuk Government will invest a record $9.8 Billion to drive improvements to education in Queensland.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the State Budget would fund extra state school teachers, major new school infrastructure throughout the state and continue to drive significant reforms to senior assessment and tertiary entrance.

“This State Budget delivers on our commitment to provide a quality education for all students throughout Queensland.” Ms. Jones said.

More Teachers In Our Schools

“We are continuing our $152.4 Million investment to deliver our Extra Teachers commitment of up to 875 extra teachers above growth over 3 years.”

“As a result of our investment we are providing more classroom teachers, specialist teachers, teacher aides and additional guidance officers to support students and provide quality educational opportunities.”

“We’re investing $150 Million over 3 years to attract, train and develop the best teachers in Queensland schools.” Ms. Jones said.

“We have also allocated additional funding to boost prep teacher aides, IT and STEM support for state schools.”

School Capital Works

Ms. Jones said the Palaszczuk Government’s $764.6 Million school infrastructure investment included $568.5 Million for capital works and a $196.1 Million maintenance boost for state schools.

“A further $8.5 Million will be invested in early childhood infrastructure.” Ms. Jones said.

“As part of the State Budget, we will also deliver a $500 Million 5-year program of works to address enrolment growth pressures in Queensland state schools.” 

“This includes $28 Million in 2017-18 to commence the Building Future Schools Fund.”

“$41.4 Million has been allocated to continue the construction of 3 new primary schools at Yarrabilba (Logan), Caloundra-South and Coomera, and $22.9 Million have been set aside to continue construction of the new primary school in Burdell, Townsville.” Ms. Jones said.

“Palaszczuk Government’s record infrastructure investment will also fund the construction of new halls and upgrade existing halls, buy land for new schools and build classrooms at existing schools in growth areas.”

Ms. Jones said the Palaszczuk Government would continue to deliver new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems for students entering Year 11 from 2019, with $27.6 Million allocated in 2017-18.

Ms. Jones said a $10.6 Million investment would support access to vital early education, family support and maternal health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families through Queensland’s Children and Family Centres.