No. 11-18 , 13 June 2018 | pdf

STATE BUDGET 2018-19 – DETAILED RESPONSE

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The 2018-19 Queensland State Budget was delivered on Tuesday 12 June. The education budget delivered by the Treasurer consolidates a range of ongoing programs and delivers extensive capital investment in preparation for 2020, when our high schools will see six full cohorts of students across the year levels for the first time.

Budget overview

The budget delivers $8.995 billion to state schooling in 2018-19. A total of $14.1 billion will be spent on education (including VET, early childhood and non-state schooling). The TAFE/training sector will receive more than $770 million, including $85 million in facilities upgrades.

Human resources

New teachers
More than 1,000 additional teachers will be employed in 2018-19 as part of the four-year election commitment to employ 3,700 teachers. This includes up to 300 extra teachers in preparation for the introduction of SATE and the six full cohorts in high schools. The remaining 700 teachers will cater for the ongoing enrolment growth in Queensland state schools.

Instrumental Music
There is an additional $14.4 million to employ 45 extra instrumental music teachers over three years and support them with additional musical instruments.

Teaching Queensland’s Future
$107 million over three years towards initiatives designed to recruit, retain and support early career teachers. These programs are in addition to the ongoing Mentoring Beginning Teachers program and include funding for Professional Learning Hubs and Teacher Education Centres of Excellence (TECEs). There are also a number of programs targeting a range of recruitment strategies across the state to ensure positions can be filled with quality teachers.

Review of School Administrative and Support Staff (ROSAS) allocations
$102 million over four years is budgeted to enhance administrative and support staff allocations in line with the outcomes of the review

Facilities and capital works

This budget contains a wide range of future focused infrastructure investments totalling more than $1 billion, including capital projects and maintenance. In total, there are more than 700 individual infrastructure programs identified across the state.

Maintenance
The school maintenance budget has increased by 7.3 per cent in 2018-19 to $210.4 million. This is in addition to a number of specific projects which will upgrade facilities in a range of schools.

$235 million will be spent over four years to substantially refurbish and upgrade 17 schools. An additional $25.6 million has been allocated over two years for renewal works at over 30 state schools.

Building Future Schools
The Building Future Schools fund will be boosted by an additional $308 million over six years, taking it to $808 million. Projects funded by the Building Future Schools program include:

  • building five new secondary schools at Ripley Valley, Calliope, Mango Hill, Yarrabilba and Coomera
  • establishing new primary schools at Springfield West and Ripley Valley and a new Special School at Caboolture
  • establishing a new Inner City North State Secondary College
  • establishing a new Inner City South State Secondary College
  • expanding West End State School
  • expanding the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT)
  • expanding Kelvin Grove State College to enhance the Queensland Ballet School of Excellence facilities
  • master planning 35 inner-Brisbane state schools.

Planning for 2020
In 2020 our high schools will see six full cohorts of students across the year levels for the first time. This follows the introduction of prep in 2007 and the move of year seven to high school in 2015. The Treasurer announced an additional $250 million infrastructure boost for new classrooms at 57 state high schools in preparation for this influx of 17,000 additional students.

Clean energy
$97 million dollars was allocated to the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program. These funds will install solar power and energy efficiency measures in state schools.

Curriculum support
Initiatives to support the curriculum include:

  • $1.5 million to reintroduce the Ready Reading program, in partnership with Volunteering Queensland
  • $21.3 million over five years to support QCAA with the senior assessment and tertiary entrance implementation
  • $81.3 million over four years to develop STEM capacity in primary schools (as announced in the 2017-18 budget, schools can source the expertise they need, including from secondary schools, universities or industry)
  • continuation of $140 million over four years to fund dedicated information technology support officers. 

Engaging and supporting students and staff
The budget announced a range of education strategies to engage and support students and staff in Queensland schools. These include:

  • $1.7 million for targeted programs that support female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • $4.4 million for programs such as the Clontarf Foundation Academies, to improve educational outcomes, self-esteem and employment prospects for male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • support for Youth Engagement Hubs, which offer a range of opportunities across agencies
  • programs that address bullying and cyberbullying and promote cybersafety, including the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce will report back in August and its recommendations will feed into this area)
  • implementation of the Queensland Government response to the Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Centres for Learning and Wellbeing
$31.1 million over four years will be spent to establish Centres for Learning and Wellbeing across rural and remote Queensland. The first two centres will be located at Roma and Mount Isa.

Vocational education and training (VET) and TAFE

The budget promises more than $770 million in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Investment Plan in 2018-19.

The Queensland Government plans to continue to support TAFE Queensland as the premier public provider of VET in Queensland, with a commitment of up to $85 million for three years in the Advancing our Training Infrastructure election commitment, which will include upgrades at Pimlico, Toowoomba, Cairns and Mt Gravatt, and within the regions of the Gold Coast and Redlands.

In addition, TAFE facilities will be redeveloped and expanded. including a $1.5 million fashion hub at Mt Gravatt, a $500,000 nurse training centre at Caboolture, and a $1 million upgrade of nursing training facilities at Loganlea.

Additional commitments

I4S
At the stakeholder budget briefing, the Department of Education committed to ongoing distribution of federal funds through the I4S program in 2019. As in previous years, a calculator will be made available for schools to estimate their 2019 allocation. Negotiations with the federal government commence shortly around its ongoing funding agreement with the states.

Early childhood education and care
$270 million has been allocated to a range of initiatives which provide increased access to quality early childhood programs. These initiatives include:

  • kindergarten access and participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
  • $3.1 million for greater access to kindergarten in remote communities
  • $5 million for inclusive programs to help children with disability participate in kindergarten
  • support for positive transitions to school and improving access to and use of the transition to school statement
  • ongoing free playgroup membership
  • $4.5 million to continue refurbishment and enhancement of existing early childhood education and care facilities.

In conclusion

The 2018-19 State Budget is forward focused, delivering the infrastructure and teachers required for our growing state. The budget includes forward planning for the influx of students expected when the six full cohorts of students enter high school in 2020. It further consolidates a range of existing programs and initiatives across the state.


 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union