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Higgins contains some of the best primary and secondary schools in the nation.
From the great government schools to the many independent schools, Higgins provides a wonderful environment to educate children.
I was pleased when the former Liberal Victorian Government committed $20 million to a new high school in Prahran. The Labor State Government has made numerous comments but has not secured a site or committed funds to this project. I continue to take a keen interest in the progress of this issue.
At a national level, the Turnbull Government has committed a record $73.6 billion school education from 2016–17 to 2019–20. This will see funding grow from $16 billion in 2016 to $20.1 billion by 2020.
The Government will also provide an additional $118.2 million for schools to support students with disability in 2016 and 2017. This additional funding will take the level of Commonwealth assistance for students with a disability to $1.4 billion and $1.5 billion in 2016 and 2017 respectively, as part of a record $5.3 billion investment from 2014 to 2017.
While funding matters, what you do with that funding matters more. The Government will ensure our school funding is distributed according to need and that it must be used to drive education reforms that will secure strong learning outcomes for all Australian students.
To that end, the Government has identified a number of evidence-based initiatives that will lift student performance and results. Every Commonwealth dollar for education and childcare will be invested on proven ways of improving outcomes for students.
Our proposed initiatives will focus on boosting student literacy, numeracy and STEM performance, improving the quality of teaching and school leadership, preparing our students for a globalised world, focusing on what matters most and those who need it most, and accountability through transparency.
Future school funding arrangements will be underpinned by a set of core principles – the funding model must be affordable, provide a contribution for every student, be needs based, stable, simple, fair and transparent.
You can read more about the Turnbull Government’s plan for putting students first here.