Ramsey - Schools to Get Record Federal Funding
Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan
Ramsey has described claims by the Australian Education Union (AEU) that the
Federal Government is slashing funding to state schools as an appalling and
misleading political campaign.
“All schools in this state
will receive significantly increased funding,” he said.
“There comes a time when the
truth of the union claims needs to be examined.
“The new funding model has been
hailed as finally addressing the unfairness of the old system and introducing a
true, needs based funding model. This is what teachers and schools have been
“For some years the union
movement has marched under the banner of “I give a Gonski”, but unfortunately
for them, David Gonski has said the model introduced by the Gillard Government
was not what he recommended.
“Instead it entrenched
unfairness under 27 different funding agreements across Australia and here in
SA we were shafted.
“By comparison Mr Gonski has
endorsed the Coalition’s model. The Government is delivering the ‘True Gonski’.”
Mr Ramsey said the Turnbull
Government has committed to a higher fixed percentage of funding delivered
against the Schooling Resource Standard ensuring the neediest get the most.
“Every school in Grey is better off next year
as a result of the new funding plan.,” he said.
“Schools will receive on
average a 5.2% increase and the amounts will continue to increase year on year
throughout the next ten years ensuring funding will rise by well above 5% per
annum per student for the next ten years.
“Most importantly the
commitment locks an increased fixed ratio of Federal funding for our state-owned
and operated schools of 20% and this in turn is predicted to rise by a further
72% over the decade.
“To ensure this ratio is not
eroded by unpredictable rising costs, for the first time the funding will be
indexed against an education cost index rather than the CPI fully protecting
its true value.
“Unlike Labor’s proposals
which when announced were unfunded beyond the fourth year, this deal locks
government funding in. I can understand why Bill Shorten is upset; Education
Minister Simon Birmingham has managed to sort out Labor’s unfunded mess.
“Even under tight budgetary
conditions the Turnbull Government has managed to put an extra $18.5bn into
schools over the next ten years. This is an enormous amount of money and a huge
“I am pleased Minister
Birmingham has worked hard to bring about a good and fair outcome for our
schools and provide record spending on our schools.”
If you would like to see how
much better off your child’s school will be then visit the Schools Funding
Estimator at www.education.gov.au.
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08
8633 1744 May 19 2017