A Labor Government will invest an additional $28 million in schools in the Dunkley electorate in 2018 and 2019, to ensure local students have the support they need to achieve their best.

Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australian schools will reverse Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to education and finish the Gonski reforms on-time and in-full, meaning local students will be given the targeted resources they need.


Visiting Elizabeth Murdoch College earlier today, Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis and Labor Candidate for Dunkley Peta Murphy said that additional needs-based funding is already making a difference in our classrooms – and it is critical that it continues.


“It’s very simple – if we want our students to be the best they can be, we need to make sure they are given the support and skills they need to prepare them for the future,” Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis said.


“Investing in our classrooms is a no-brainer if students in Dunkley are to get a fair go and have a great education. This funding is critical to making sure local schools and educators aren’t left behind.”


Labor candidate for Dunkley, Peta Murphy, said that schools like Elizabeth Murdoch were using needs-based funding to make a real difference in classrooms, and it was too important to rip away from schools.


“This additional $28 million to the electorate of Dunkley will mean more support for students, early intervention programs in schools, additional literacy and numeracy programs, and teachers having the tools to know exactly how students are tracking in their achievement,” said Ms Murphy.


“Local students need a fair go, they don’t need Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts. Only Labor has a plan to improve our schools and ensure that students are leaving school with the skills they need to get good jobs.”


Your Child. Our Future will mean schools in Dunkley will benefit from targeted needs-based investment to support programs including:

  • Speech and occupational therapists

  • Early intervention in literacy and numeracy

  • Year 12 retention programs

  • Extra subject choices

  • Individual support for students with disability and additional learning needs