WA STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM $390 MILLION FUNDING BOOST WITH LABOR

Every child in Western Australia will have a better education with Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan for Australian schools announced by Bill Shorten.

Labor will reverse Malcolm Turnbull's cuts to education, meaning Western Australian students would benefit from an extra $390 million in targeted Federal investment in the 2018-19 school years.

Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that Western Australian students deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor had a plan to do this.

"With Labor's Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, Western Australian students will benefit from better targeted resources, better trained teachers, and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes," Ms Ellis said.

"The Government's no-strings attached approach to school funding has let Colin Barnett rip $200 million from WA classrooms, using Federal funding to prop up the State budget.

"Your Child. Our Future puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning that parents can have confidence that school funding is actually reaching the classroom and making a difference to student results.

"With Labor's plan, the Western Australian Liberals will no longer be able to get away with school cuts. This won't be a blank cheque.

"Instead of colluding with Malcolm Turnbull to rip the guts out of Western Australian schools, it's time Colin Barnett grew a backbone, did what was right and backed Labor's positive plan.

"Malcolm Turnbull's school cuts are the equivalent of sacking one in seven teachers - they will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for every Western Australian school.

"If Western Australian students are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts. Only Labor has a plan for the future of Western Australian schools, including the $390 million investment over two years announced yesterday."

Labor's plan has been costed by the Independent Parliamentary Budget Office.