Victoria has been the lowest spending state per student for at least ten years.
School funding in Victoria needs to be increased to the national average to ensure all children receive a quality education and the support they need in our government schools.
Government funding for schools has not kept up with Victoria's growing population and student numbers. Victoria has been the lowest spending state per student for at least the last ten years.
The Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2018, shows that in 2015-16 – the latest publicly available figures - funding per student in Victoria remained the lowest in the country at $13 301 per student, which is $1,589 lower than the national average of $14 890.
More recent figures provided by the Parliamentary Budget office and based on confidential government numbers have the gap between the Victorian funding per student and the national average at $1,470 per student.
Government schools educate the majority of students in Victoria, including the highest number who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or have disabilities or learning difficulties. Every student deserves to receive the learning support they need in our government schools.
The Greens plan is to:
- Increase funding per student in Victoria to the national average over the next eight years;
- Allocate funding to schools on the basis of equity and need and in a fully transparent way;
- Review the funding model for students with a disability to ensure a model that meets the needs of students with disabilities and other learning needs; and
- Remove the minimum 25% guaranteed funding increase to private schools that distorts schools funding in Victoria.
Bringing per student recurrent funding in Victoria up to the national average will mean that more teachers can be employed in government schools along with more educational support staff to assist students with special learning needs.
The cost of bringing Victoria into line with the national average on public spending is almost $19.5 billion over the next ten years. This is by how much the Labor Government is underspending on our public schools.
Our plan will also result in smaller class sizes meaning more manageable workloads for teachers and education support staff, and better educational outcomes for students.