Federal Election 2022 – What the major parties promise

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School education policies and announcements of the three major parties announced to date, assessed against key issues of concern to Independent schools. (This page is updated as new information becomes available.)

RESPONSES FROM THE MAJOR PARTIES

11 May 2022: Letter to ISA from Labor

6 May 2022: Letter to ISA from the Coalition

 

COMPARE THE PARTIES

School funding

Coalition

Recurrent funding

  • Non-government schools to receive $192.1b of $318.9b in total federal expenditure on school recurrent funding for government and non-government schools under the Quality Schools package in 2018-2029
  • Schools currently funded below their target Commonwealth share of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) will transition to the target by 2023. Schools currently funded above their target Commonwealth share will transition to the target by 2029 at the latest.

Other school funding programs

  • $1.2 billion over 10 years (2020-2029) allocated for the Choice and Affordability Fund (CAF) for non-government schools.
  • Non-Government Reform Support Fund, which supports non-government school representative bodies extended for one year to align with the expiration of the National School Reform Agreement - an additional $12m has been allowed for 2023-24.
  • $10.4m to fund a greater number of projects that assist school communities respond to emerging priorities, including recovery from COVID-19, via the Emerging Priorities Program.
  • $21.6 million36 projects across all states and territories will receive funding through the Emerging Priorities Program for impacts on education and student wellbeing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
ALP

Recurrent funding

  • Maintain arrangements for school choice and funding for the non-government sector, noting the current bilateral funding agreements with states and territories expire in 2023
  • Every school to be put on a path to its full and fair level of funding including getting every government school to 100 per cent of its Schooling Resource Standard.

Other school funding programs

  • $440m to enable Australian schools to apply for grants to help improve ventilation and air quality and make small school improvements like building outdoor learning spaces, upgrading computing equipment, and refurbishing classrooms with a second grants round in 2023 open to government schools to make larger investments like new buildings and facilities, major refurbishments, and upgrades.
 
Greens

Recurrent funding

  • $32b investment in government schools over the next decade.
  • Commonwealth contribution to the Schooling Resource Standard to increase to 25%, ensuring all government schools receive 100% of the funding needed to provide a quality education to their students by 2023.
  • Removal of the 4% capital depreciation tax in school funding bilateral agreements.
  • Work with states and territories to ensure the maintain their commitment to fund at least 75% of the SRS.

Other school funding programs

  • Increase Capital Grants Program funding to $400m a year with majority of funds ($320m) spent on projects in government schools.
  • Green Education Infrastructure Fund - $5 billion in grants over four years to support sustainable capital works, retrofitting and refurbishments in schools, TAFEs and universities.
  • $224m for schools to install HEPA filtration systems in all classrooms and communal indoor spaces and provide schools with funding to install CO2 monitors
  • Abolish the $1.2b Choice and Affordability fund for non-government schools
  • $16.9b to abolish out-of-pocket costs for government schools.

Teaching

Coalition
  • $40M to support 700 new Teach for Australia teachers and 60 new teachers through La Trobe’s Nexus program
    • $13.4M to support changes to accreditation standards, including working with state/territory governments to lead a return to the one-year Graduate Diploma of Education, to reduce the barriers for great mid-career professionals taking their skills and experience to the classroom
    • $10.8M to develop new micro-credentials in classroom management, phonics and
    explicit teaching, and to support the expansion of the Quality Teaching Rounds program
    • $7.2M for professional development of teachers and school leaders; develop a national data set to build a longitudinal picture measuring the impact of COVID-19; and hold a National Summit on the challenges of returning to school after two years of disruption, and  strategies on how to improve classroom order.
  • Formation of an Initial Teacher Education Quality Assessment Expert Panel.
  • $7.2m to support inclusive, respectful school classroom environments including $3.5m to develop materials for teachers to better engage their students and achieve focused, positive, and supportive classroom environments.
 
ALP
  • $50.8M for bursaries to attract high achieving school students to choose teaching. 5,000 new students will receive a $10,000 a year bursary. The bursaries are to also attract talented teachers to rural, regional and remote areas to close the regional education gap, with a top up payment of $2,000 a year for students who do their placements in regional areas.
  • Supportive of boosting the number of students studying teaching, encouraging high achievers to choose teaching as a career, and not losing the best teachers to other high paying jobs.
 
Greens
  • $400m over four years to build inclusive education into tertiary qualifications and give all pre-service and in-service teachers and principals the opportunity to train, retrain and regularly upskill in inclusive education practices.
  • Improved salaries and conditions for teachers, early childhood educators and other educators.
  • Train more teachers and educational support staff to educate students with diverse needs, particularly in schools that experience greater disadvantage, funding shortages and social issues.
  • Commitment to eliminating segregated education by 2030 by investing an initial $10m over four years to co-design a National Inclusive Education Transition Plan with disabled people, families, disability representative organisations, teachers and their unions, and education experts.

Early childhood education and care

Coalition
  • $2b in additional funding for the states and territories between 2022-2025, to support 15 hours of preschool a week – 600 hours a year – for all children in the year before they start school.
  • Extending by a year a project to improve preschool data collection and develop a new Preschool Performance Framework, taking investment in 2022-26 to $24.8m.
  • Childcare subsidies to boost access to early childhood education centre, at a cost of $10.7b.
  • $123m package of early childhood measures under to improve the school readiness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
 
ALP
  • $15m grants program for community language schools (up to $30,000 per school over three years) to deliver language lessons to pre-school aged children.
  • An ‘Early Years Strategy’ to create a new integrated, holistic, whole of government approach to children’s early years.
  • Lift the maximum childcare subsidy rate to 90 per cent, increase childcare subsidy rates for every family earning less than $530,000 and extend the increased subsidy to outside school hours care.
  • The ACCC to design a price regulation mechanism to shed light on costs and fees, and examine the relationship between funding, fees, profits, and educators’ salaries.
  • Improve transparency in the childcare sector, by requiring large providers to publicly report revenue and profit, provide real time fee data and quality ratings to families, and ban non-educational enrolment inducements.
 
Greens
  • Phase out for-profit early learning and ensure every child has access to a high-quality government-provided or not-for-profit service.
  • Invest $19b over the forward estimates to ensure early childhood education and care is free and accessible for everyone.
  • Extend universal access to early childhood education for all 3 and 4 year olds to 24 hours a week.
  • Strengthen early learning for First Nations children through support for First Nations community-controlled services.
  • Increase pay rates and improve working conditions for early childhood education and childcare workers reflecting the education, skill level, and importance of the work.
  • Make free and universal Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) part of the Early Childhood Education and Care plan.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling

Coalition
  • $3m to develop dual language books and digital resources to support stronger literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  • $123m package of measures as part of the Government’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.
  • An additional $15.7m in targeted assistance for over 40 boarding schools and stand-alone providers with a high proportion of Indigenous secondary school students from remote and very remote areas.
  • $3.6m over three years to expand the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School’s (MITS) boarding program.
 
ALP
  • $14m program covering 60 primary schools to hire 60 additional First Nations language teachers to teach local languages, keep Indigenous languages alive and better engage students and families in learning.
 
Greens
  • Increased resources for First Nations students, including more First Nations teachers and support workers, language, reading, and cultural materials, as well as cultural training for all staff.
  • Strengthen early learning for First Nations children through support for First Nations community-controlled services.

Wellbeing and mental health

Coalition
  • Funding for continuation of the National School Chaplaincy Program to 2025-26.
  • $9.7m over three years from 2022-23 for nationally consistent mechanisms to better manage mental health and wellbeing concerns in schools, including a national measure of student wellbeing, national guidelines for the accreditation of mental health and wellbeing programs and trauma informed professional development support for teachers.
  • $3.9m over three years from 2022-23 for innovative, evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention research activities.
  • $3.3m over two years from 2021-22 to fund the delivery of best-practice early intervention and prevention mentoring programs for ‘at risk’ Year 8 students at public secondary schools.
  • $1.8m over two years from 2022-23 to continue a mental health literacy app to assist Australian parents and carers to identify the signs of social or emotional problems in children.
  • $6.0m to support the continued delivery of evidence-based and age-appropriate respectful relationship education materials for primary and secondary school students that align with the Australian Curriculum.
  • $6.1m to support Life Education Australia to develop educational materials for younger students, covering important issues such as cyberbullying, respect for others, and respectful relationships.
  • $6.8b for mental health and suicide prevention services, and $52.3m for Lifeline Australia crisis services over four years from July 2022.
  • Further boost for a range of school-based, online and community programmes aiming to reduce the risk of suicide and suicidal behaviours among young people across the country as part of the $114 million National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Programme (NSPLSP) grant opportunity (part of the Government's National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan first announced in the 2021-22 Budget.)
 
ALP
  • A free, expert-developed, voluntary mental health check for schools to use, to help quickly identify students who may need extra support. ($10.5M).
  • Provision of a $200m Student Wellbeing Boost to benefit every schools, with additional funding for school counsellors, psychologists, camps, excursions, sporting and social activities that improve wellbeing - the average school to receive $20,000.
  • A rapid review by the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment of the impact of COVID on students with disability, to help them get support.
 
Greens
  • Abolish the National Schools Chaplaincy Program, or equivalent programs, and redirect that funding to support qualified secular school welfare and family support professionals, dual-qualified teacher-counsellors with psychological credentials, or school psychologists.
  • Education across the Australian school system on multicultural awareness including anti-racism education, and appropriate training for educators.
  • Invest $68.5m to provide free period products in all schools to improve students’ health and wellbeing, reduce period stigma, and ensure that no student has to skip school during their period.

Respect relationships, consent and child safety

Coalition
  • $32.2m from 2022-23 for the Commonwealth’s consent campaign, to provide young people aged 12 years and older and their parents with materials, information, and resources.
  • $104m over five years to enable prevention organisation, Our Watch, to support delivery of campaigns, and resources to educate young people about consent.
  • Funding to update respectful relationships education resources to align with the revised Australian Curriculum.
  • Funding for the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a survey of secondary school-age students on attitudes towards consent.
  • $6.1m over 5 years from 2022-23 to provide Life Education Australia with funding to develop additional education modules on online safety, mental health, and wellbeing and respectful relationships.
  • $19m for the launch of Bring Up Respect, the fourth phase of the Stop it at the Start campaign, to encourage adults to discuss respect with children from an early age and throughout their childhood.
  • $1m grant from Proceeds of Crime to the Stop the Coward Punch Campaign, which provides workshops to schools, to reduce unprovoked violence.
 
ALP
  • $77m plan to prevent violence and improve child safety, including training teachers on how to best talk to students about respect and relationships in a way that’s appropriate for their age, allowing principals to hire extra expert support and develop respect and relationships education programs that are based on evidence and tailored to their school.
  • $6m over three years for the rollout of the eSmart Digital Licence to primary and secondary students and eSmart Literacy Lab to secondary students developed and delivered by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
 
Greens
  • Education on consent and respectful relationships and sex, gender, and sexuality diversity with comprehensive sex education.
  • Funding a national roll out of ‘Our Watch’s Respectful Relationships’ program in all public schools, including pilot programs to help tailor training to address local contexts and maximise impact.

VET in schools and youth engagement

Coalition
  • Funding for a partnership between the National Careers Institute and Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) to deliver hands-on ‘try a trade’ workshops for female students in Queensland schools to highlight career pathways in the construction industry.
  • Establishment of an Online Safety Youth Advisory Council to be coordinated by eSafety Commissioner.
 
ALP
  • Introduce a new youth engagement model, to provide a voice and structure for younger Australians to directly engage with government and contribute to policy development.
  • Create a dedicated Office for Youth within government, to improve and harmonise policy across government and ensure government is communicating effectively with young people.
  • Create a dedicated ministerial position for Youth, to improve and facilitate a holistic response across portfolios on issues affecting young Australians.
  • Establish annual youth summits to encourage young Australians across the country to participate in debating and shaping government policy.
 
Greens
  • Raise the rate of Austudy and Youth Allowance.

Post-school pathways

Coalition
  • Introduction in 2023 of ‘ReBoot’ program to provide up to three months of initiatives through not-for-profit organisations to help 5000 people aged 15 to 24 overcome barriers to getting a job.
  • $365.3m to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy for three months to 30 June 2022. BAC will then be replaced by the new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS), which will commence on 1 July 2022 with an investment of $2.4b.
  • $2.8m to help support an additional 2,500 Australians aged between 15 and 20 while they are completing their apprenticeship.
 
ALP
  • 465,000 ‘Fee Free TAFE’ places in courses covering areas currently experiencing a critical skills gap.
  • Up to 20,000 additional places in 2022 and 2023 prioritised for universities offering more opportunities for under-represented groups in areas of current or future skills shortages, including engineering, nursing, technology, and teaching courses.
 
Greens
  • Abolish all student debt.
  • Fund lifelong free education for all.
  • Guarantee every student a liveable income.
  • Reverse the Liberals’ cuts and boost university funding by 10% to enable quality teaching, learning and research
  • Increase job security and slash casualisation at TAFE and universities.
  • Make public universities and TAFEs sustainable and accessible through the Green Education Infrastructure Fund.

Regional education

Coalition
  • $10.9m Commonwealth Regional Scholarship program to assist up to 200 from low-SES communities with the cost of boarding school fees. 200 eligible families will receive $15,000 per student each year for three years.
  • $1.3b investment in regional telecommunications, including a new $811.8m initiative, Connecting Regional Australia which expands on Mobile Black Spot and Regional Connectivity Programs and provides 8,000km of new open access mobile coverage, expansion of the NBN fixed wireless footprint and higher speeds on the fixed wireless network, and increased data allowances for satellite.
 
ALP
  • 80 per cent – or 3.7 million – homes and businesses in regional and remote Australia to have access to broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second or more by 2025.
  • A Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan, which includes place-based connectivity programs for the regions, including better mobile voice and data coverage, and targeted fibre upgrades in rural communities.
 
Greens
  • A substantial increase in the availability of apprenticeships in rural and regional Australia and other locations where there is a shortage.
  • Improved access to comprehensive publicly provided tertiary education for rural, regional, and remote communities.

Education commitments from the major parties

Public policy information available from the major political parties. (This page will be updated as new policies are released.)

Relevant links

The Coalition

Australian Labor Party

The Australian Greens

Political parties

 


Updated 6 May 2022

Authorised by M Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Schools Australia, 12 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600

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