All schools should be funded fairly based on the unique needs of each child. But because of changes by the Liberal-National government in Canberra, state schools are missing out on billions in urgently needed funding. Fair funding would mean: smaller class sizes, more one-on-one support, and additional teachers and support staff.
Aims of the campaign
2018 should have been a year of celebration for our schools with the biggest investment in schools in decades. But the Morrison Government’s $500 million cut to Queensland schools will deny most of our children the benefits of this life changing assistance.
However, the Federal Government pushed through legislation last year which means the Commonwealth will provide 80% funding to private schools to meet the Schooling Resource Standard but only provide 20% of funding to public schools.
And they are giving hundreds of millions of dollars of capital funding to private schools but giving no capital funding to public schools that desperately need basic classroom building improvements.
We must stand up and demand fair funding now.
Fair funding now:
- for more teachers and support staff,
- for smaller classes,
- for more one-on-one individual support, and
- for upgraded classrooms and facilities.
Fair funding now for a fair go for all children. Are you in?I'M IN
Ballot results - Fair Funding Now!
For more details see QTU member newsflash 12-18, 27 June 2018
|Ballot summary (as at 22 June)||For||Against|
|1. THAT QTU members urge the Turnbull government to immediately reverse its $1.9 billion cut to state schools in 2018/19 and remove the 20 per cent cap on the Commonwealth Government contribution to the schooling resource standard (SRS) for state schools.||15,893 (99%)||140|
|2. THAT QTU members acknowledge the success of the Investing for Success (I4S) program and demand the Commonwealth and Queensland governments fund 100 per cent of the SRS to state schools by 2023.||15,854 (99%)||131|
|3. THAT QTU members call on the Turnbull government to contribute to capital funding for state schools’ facilities in Queensland||15,856 (99%)||114|
|4. THAT QTU members reiterate support for a ballot for industrial action to ban unacceptable or unsupported changes (such as a standardised phonics assessment for six-year old’s) that the federal government attempts to impose as part of funding arrangements.||15,560 (97%)||411 (2%)|
|5. THAT we the QTU members support the Change the Rules campaign to achieve: secure jobs for employees, better pay risings, a living wage – not just minimum wages, fair bargaining processes and enforceable rights for workers and their unions.||15,797 (98%)||200 (1%)|
Articles and documents
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Fair Funding Now! launched in Canberra
On 27 March, parents, teachers and school leaders descended on Parliament House in Canberra for the official launch of the Fair Funding Now campaign, which is seeking to achieve fair funding for all schools across the country.23 April 2018 Read More
From the President: Fair Funding Now! – not one cent less!
The Australian Education Union, the QTU and our allies have launched the next phase of the campaign to deliver the funding needed for every child across the nation to realise their potential through a high-quality education.23 April 2018 Read More
School funding – still union business in 2018
In one simple statement, public education hero Jane Caro slayed the argument that more money won’t make a difference in public schools: “If money makes no difference to how kids do at school, why do private schools need so much?” (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-22/the-drum-monday-january-22/9350558)28 February 2018 Read More