P&Cs Qld welcomes Qld Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s announcement today of a record education budget of $13.7B.
Education highlights from the budget include:
- $765M spend on new and enhanced state school infrastructure, $250M for new secondary school classrooms and other infrastructure to cater for an additional 17,000 students in 2020 (this is on top of the $200M infrastructure already announced earlier this year).
- $150M over three years as part of an ongoing commitment to teacher attraction, quality and leadership including a final and fourth year of the Master Teacher initiative and implementation of the Disability Review recommendations.
- $138.6M over four years to provide dedicated IT support in state schools starting with $16M in 2017-18 allocated to schools to start the 2018 school year.
- $60M as part of $240M over 4 years for Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.
- $315M in programs to provide children and access to quality early childhood education and care strengthening the transition to school.
- $68.9M for a new adolescent mental health facility at Prince Charles Hospital and associated support services in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast (replacing the Barrett Centre previously closed in 2014).
After attending the Stakeholder’s Budget Briefing today, P&Cs Qld President Gayle Walters said, “It was particularly exciting to hear that 230 new teachers will be provided in 2018 and 2019 to ensure support for the smaller cohort of Preps (2007) so they are not disadvantaged in their subject choices in completing their senior phase of schooling.”
“Overall this budget is a great opportunity for parents and families, providing for the future of education from our youngest students beginning school and as they transition through to their secondary schooling and into either vocational training programs or tertiary options.” Ms. Walters concluded.