Funding estimator for Forrest schools launches

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said a new schools funding estimator is set to help parents, teachers, principals and school communities see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Turnbull Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan.

Mrs Marino said the new online estimator showed that schools across the local area would benefit from a funding increase of $27.1 million between 2017 and 2021.

“We’re delivering the real ‘Gonski’ needs-based funding model that Labor didn’t,” Mrs Marino said.

“This new estimator will give parents, teachers and principals the information they need about our needs-based funding plan to make long-term plans for the future of each child and each school.

“Our plan invests an additional $27.1 million of needs-based funding into Forrest schools over the next four years. We’re delivering long-term funding certainty for schools and communities and ensuring everybody is treated fairly and equitably.

“Our plan factors in the background, family life, levels of disability and socioeconomic status of each student and school to ensure funding is truly needs-based and fair.

“Everyone can see for themselves exactly how our plan will benefit their school by visiting education.gov.au/qualityschools and clicking through to the Schools Funding Estimator.”

For further details of the Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools reform package are available at: education.gov.au/qualityschools.