Labor is today calling on the Abbott Government to fix their broken promise to students with disability and provide more funding in the Budget so that every student in every school has the support they need.

Before the election, the Abbott Government promised to deliver extra funding for students with disability from 2015. Instead, they have terminated the More Support for Students with Disability program, a $100 million per year cut, and have failed to implement the Gonski disability loading in 2015 as promised. 

Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that too many students with disability are missing out on the support they need to reach their potential. 

“Today’s Disability Day of Action is about saying enough is enough, and it is time the Government provided the much-needed funding for students with disability. 

“These students, along with their parents, teachers, and principals have been betrayed by Tony Abbott, and the longer this situation continues, the larger the education gap will become.” 

The Government must continue the work with states and territories to finalise the disability loading and deliver the additional funding they promised. 

“Meeting individual student need was at the heart of Labor’s Gonski reforms – and we believe students with disability deserve so much better than the hand they have been dealt under this Government. 

“Teachers and principals are working incredibly hard to meet the needs of students with disability, but they must be properly supported. If this situation isn’t addressed all students will miss out – and our schools will remain under pressure. 

“Attacking the school funding of students with disability is quite simply one of Tony Abbott’s cruellest broken promises.”