12th June 2018

Catholic schools welcome new round of capital funding

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) has welcomed a new round of Capital Assistance funding for non-state schools in today’s State Budget.

Today’s budget includes Capital Assistance funding of $45 million per year over three years for the non-state sector, of which Catholic schools form the largest part.

QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the funding would assist schools in growing communities to be able to deliver the necessary infrastructure.

“The Palaszczuk Government committed to this funding during the election campaign and we are pleased to see that commitment delivered in today’s budget,” Dr Perry said.

Dr Perry said Catholic schools were keenly awaiting full details of recurrent funding for the sector.

“Full details of recurrent funding for Catholic schools will be provided in coming days.

“Overall recurrent funding for the non-government sector appears to have decreased by around $5 million in 2018-19 so we will be seeking details of any impacts on our sector.”

Dr Perry welcomed the inclusion of the Government’s initiative to employ additional music teachers and purchase instruments in the non-state schools’ basket nexus funding arrangements.

She said it was disappointing the budget had not included any significant funding for professional development for teachers in Catholic .

“The previous Teacher Capability program that provided $52 million over four years was very successful in providing locally targeted programs to enhance the professionalism of our staff.

“That program has come to an end but the need for continual professional development for our teachers continues so we will continue to lobby the Government for more funding support in this vital area.”