Skip navigation

Victoria continues to fall short when it comes to public school funding

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
3 July 2020

MEDIA RELEASE


A comparison of state and federal funding agreements has exposed the Andrews Labor Government’s woeful rate of public school funding.

 

Victoria currently spends less on public schools than any other state or territory in Australia, and with its current agreement, will be the last state to reach the agreed funding rate of 75 per cent.

 

The government’s agreement even allows it to claim additional expenditure in the 4 per cent accounting trick, which allows states to claim non-school based expenditure towards their 75 per cent target.

 

Victorian Greens spokesperson for education, Sam Hibbins, said it was time for the government to place greater value on the importance of education by fully funding our public schools.

 

Recent analysis by school advocacy group Save Our Schools has shown that funding for students and Catholic and independent schools in Victoria has grown almost 15 times faster than for state schools in the past decade.

 

Quotes attributable Victorian Greens spokesperson for education, Sam Hibbins MP:

 

“Comparing school funding agreements exposes the Andrews Labor Government’s low rate of public school funding.

 

“Less funding for public schools means less for disadvantaged students, less for First Nations students, less for students with a disability and less for teachers.

 

“Fully funding our public schools would help ensure that every student can attend a high quality, local public school regardless of their background, circumstance or location.”

 

-- ENDS --

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
3 July 2020
SHARE:

WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR


LATEST NEWS

PARLIAMENT

Grievance debate: Cost of living

 I rise to speak on the grievance debate today, and I want to grieve for those Victorians who are struggling with the cost of living—Victorians who are being pushed to the margins and Victorians who are being pushed, essentially, off the metaphorical cliff. There are rising costs, flatlining wages. There...

PARLIAMENT

Members statements: Prahran electorate

It is an absolute privilege to serve as the member for Prahran, as our local member of Parliament. I love Prahran. It is a thriving, vibrant, diverse community, with Chapel Street as its social and economic heart. It has been my home for well over a decade, from when I...

PARLIAMENT

Question without Notice: South Yarra public housing

Mr HIBBINS: My question is for the Minister for Housing. Minister, Azra has lived in South Yarra’s public housing towers for 17 years. In that time her home has never been upgraded. She is forced to stuff old newspapers to fill gaps in the windows to keep the cold out,...

PARLIAMENT

Adjournment: Rent controls

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and the action I seek is for the minister to protect renters with controls on rents, improved standards and more secure leases. Around 60 per cent of people in Prahran are renters, and renters need a fair...