Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon
$12.2 Billion Win For Victorian Schools
Victor P Taffa
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Education Martin Dixon today committed to a record level of Federal and State Government funding for Victorian Schools through the Better Schools Plan.
The agreement will see $12.2 Billion for education in Victoria with an additional $5.4 Billion from the Coalition Government and additional $6.8 Billion in Federal Government funding over the next six years.
In the 2013/14 State Budget the Victorian Coalition Government provided a record level of school funding for Victorian primary and secondary schools.
The announcement this weekend followed extensive discussions over several weeks by Premier Napthine, Ministers Shorten and Dixon and senior departmental officials.
The Premier highlighted that Victorian school principals and councils will remain autonomous, which was crucial to any funding announcement with Canberra.
“I have always said that I would only sign up if it was in the best interests of Victorian schools, and we have been able to ensure that Victorian school principals can continue to make decisions that are in the best interests of their school, students and their local community.”
“As Premier, I could never allow Canberra-based bureaucrats to run Victorian schools because this would have been a massive step backwards for our nation-leading education system.”
“I welcome the fact that the Rudd Labor Government have agreed, after considerable negotiation, to amend the Australian Education Act to ensure Victorian school principals and councils can set the direction of their schools.”
Education Minister Martin Dixon said the agreement is a welcome complement to the Coalition Government’s educational reform agenda set out in New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession and Towards Victoria as a Learning Community.
“This agreement provides a foundation for every school to become world leading. We now have everything in place for our schools reform agenda that will give every single student the best possible learning experience.”
“This agreement means Victoria is ready to move into the top tier of education systems around the world and that means real improvements for every student in every classroom.” Mr. Dixon said.
The Victorian Government has welcomed the fact that a Federal Coalition Government would match the funding in this announcement and will ensure that Victoria, and all state and territory education systems, have greater autonomy with respect to control of their schools through council and principals.