NEW DATA SHOWS 195,000 INDIGENOUS STUDENTS NEED GOVERNMENT TO MATCH LABOR’S YOUR CHILD. OUR FUTURE PLAN

Today’s release of the annual Closing the Gap report reinforces the importance of Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based school funding reforms as part of tackling Indigenous educational disadvantage.

Four of the current seven Closing the Gap targets are focused on education.

If Australia is committed to closing the achievement gap which hurts Indigenous students, every child in every classroom must get the individual support they need to achieve their best. The Indigenous funding loading under the Labor’s Gonski reforms is critical to this.

New data from the Department of Education shows that in 2016, 195,476 students are receiving the Indigenous loading under Labor’s school funding agreements. Unfortunately, this support is on the line because the Government has walked away from years five and six of the Gonski reforms.

“This report is just more evidence that if Australia is to improve our education system and close the gap, our schools need investment, not Malcolm Turnbull’s $30 billion cuts,” Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis said today.

“Disadvantaged and vulnerable students will never get the chance to catch up if we don’t adequately support them.

“That is why Labor is committed to fairer, needs-based funding for schools, with targeted programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“Only last week, Indigenous parents, students and teachers showcased the difference Labor’s needs-based funding is already making for students.

“If Malcolm Turnbull is serious about Closing the Gap, he needs to be serious about investing in our schools.”

Indigenous loading – number of Indigenous students by state/territory, 2016, full time students

NSW

62046

VIC

13436

QLD

57997

SA

11128

WA

26247

TAS

6336

ACT

1768

NT

16518

TOTAL

195476

 

 

 

 

 

 Source: Department of Education, Senate Estimates Question on Notice