Catholic education says the Federal Government’s commitment to maintain funding certainty and much needed indexation, along with support for early childhood educators, measures to reduce teacher workload, school upgrades and Closing the Gap initiatives, will help address immediate and future education needs.
The Albanese Government’s second budget handed down on Tuesday includes:
National Catholic education executive director Jacinta Collins said Labor assurances that there would be no cuts to Catholic school funding have been maintained.
“The Government has also committed to continue to work with schools to ensure funding fairly and accurately reflects a school community’s capacity to contribute to the cost of students’ education,” Jacinta said.
“Measures to address early childhood education are a constructive move, enabling children to build critical foundations in the year before commencing school.”
The Catholic education sector operates about 400 preschools and early learning centres educating nearly 15,000 children across Australia.
Jacinta said prioritising the needs of highly disadvantaged schools in Central Australia was a valuable initiative.
National Catholic education executive director Jacinta Collins speaking with students. Image courtesy of Catholic Education Western Australia.