Reports today have confirmed the Abbott Government will break its promise to deliver the Gonski disability loading, and extra funding for students with disability, from 2015.

Before the election, the Abbott Government made a crystal clear promise:

If elected to Government the Coalition will continue the data collection work that has commenced, which will be used to deliver more funding for people with disability through the ‘disability loading’ in 2015.


“The Abbott Government’s promise of bi-partisan support for the disability loading has turned out to be nothing but a cruel mirage,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Minister for Education, said.

“This is kick in the guts for all the students, parents, teachers, and carers who took the Government at their word before the election.”

Instead of delivering on the promise of more funding, Tony Abbott’s Budget cut the $100 million per year More Support for Students with Disability program – put in place by Labor as an interim arrangement while the Gonski loading for students with disability was finalised.

“It’s incredibly cruel for Tony Abbott to cut support to students with disability, after he promised them the opposite,” Amanda Rishworth, Shadow Assistant Minister for Education said.

“First and foremost, we are calling on the Government to keep their promise. But if a delay in finalising the loading is absolutely unavoidable, the least Tony Abbott can do is to reverse the $100 million cut he made in the Budget and get the final loading sorted out as soon as possible,” Kate Ellis said.

Labor is also calling on the Government to end the secrecy and release the latest report on the disability loading.

The Gonski needs-based funding model includes additional funding ‘loadings’ to make sure every student gets the individual support they need to achieve their best. The loadings apply for small schools, remote schools, disadvantaged students, Indigenous students, students with limited English and students with disability.

The disability loading was due to be fully implemented in 2015, after research into the best way to structure it was finalised by the States, Territories and the Commonwealth.