A record $13.7 billion
Children are our most precious asset. They deserve the best education possible before moving into adulthood with confidence and knowledge. They need schools with modern infrastructure, advanced learning programs and the best teachers. That is why the 2017-18 Queensland Budget commits a record $13.7 billion to education, an increase of 6.4 per cent on last year.
Every child deserves a quality education no matter where they live. Since March 2015 we have employed an additional 3,095 teachers and teacher aides.
This year the Budget does more to help our children grow and learn through:
$28 million as part of the $500 million Building Future Schools Fund to address enrolment growth pressures in state schools
$250 million for new secondary school classrooms and other infrastructure to cater for an additional 17,000 students in 2020
230 more teachers in 2018 and 2019 to ensure that the first smaller cohort of Prep Year students from 2007 are not disadvantaged in subject choices as they complete their senior phase of schooling
$314.8 million in programs to provide children with access to quality early childhood education and care, strengthening their transition to school
$200 million in additional funding to fast track 98 school infrastructure projects, including more than $100 million to build new school halls and upgrade existing halls at 30 state schools
$150 million to attract, retain and build capacity in Queensland teachers and school leaders to support continued improvements in student outcomes.
Skilling Queenslanders for work
The Palaszczuk Government recognises education doesn’t finish in secondary school. As the economy continues to transition from the mining boom the Government is doing more to get Queenslanders back into work including $60 million in 2017-18 as part of the four-year $240 million Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
Since the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative started in 2015:
- more than 18,000 disadvantaged Queenslanders have been assisted to develop skills, undertake paid work placements and earn nationally recognised qualifications
- over 9,500 participants who have exited the programs have gone on to secure jobs, undertake further study, training or both.
Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy
$10 million over two years to assist unemployed individuals develop their skills for jobs in demand in the regions.