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What are the basic facts?                                                What are people saying?

The 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget confirmed there will be $1.2 billion in additional funding to support all Australian schools from 2018 to 2020 - less than Labor's promised $4.5 billion under Gonski.

The funding is alo contingent on education reform from the states and territories in all sectors including 'back-to-basic' focus on literacy and numeracy, teaching and school leadership and student outcomes.

There will also be $118.2 million over two years for students with a
disability, the funding targeted to schools with the greatest need.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham described it as the "most
significant package of education quality reforms in a generation. 
We are committed to fairness and equity as core values across
all parts of our education system," he said.

What does this mean for families?

What is good for families with children at school, is that funding for non-government schools is set at the education CPI of 3.56 and so will keep in line with costs. Hopefully this will then provide a good basis point for funding beyond 2018.  

The suggestions for bench-marking students in the early years and when they leave school are not in themselves a negative but when they are coupled with the inaction of the government regarding the Child Care Subsidy,  they take on a different hue.  Guaranteed chidcare especially for low income and vulnerable families should be a non-negotiable if governments are sincere about raising the achievement levels of Australian students.
Education of a child begins at birth, in the family, then in the community and then more formally taken up in our school systems. Support for families and the development of children must start early to ensure they are on the track to success when they do eventually leave school.

How are schools funded?

A network of 1,731 Catholic schools educates more than 764,000 students – one in every five students in Australian schools – and employs more than 91,000 staff.

Since the early 1970s, Australian Catholic schools have received significant funding support from Commonwealth, state and territory governments. Learn more