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The 2019 federal budget provides Queensland’s Catholic schools with the funding certainty they need so they can plan for the future.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) Acting Executive Director Chris Woolley said the budget confirmed the funding arrangements negotiated with Education Minister Dan Tehan last year.
“The budget figures lock in the Government’s commitment to a fair funding deal for all schools,” Mr Woolley said.
“As we move towards a federal election, we also look forward to seeing more of the detail of the ALP’s substantial funding plan for Catholic schools.”
Mr Woolley urged both major parties to make a commitment to provide capital funding for kindergartens in Queensland.
“The research makes it clear that children who take part in a structured kindergarten program taught by a qualified teacher do better when they reach school.
“We want to be able to provide more families who seek a Catholic education with the opportunity to start their children’s education journey at a kindergarten collocated with a Catholic school.
“We are urging the major parties to commit to providing capital funding assistance to build up to 80 new kindergartens at Queensland Catholic schools over the next four years.”
Mr Woolley said a funding commitment to support kindergarten infrastructure would be an investment in Australia’s future.
“Giving our youngest students the best possible start at school will have long-term benefits for them, for the community and for the economy,” he said.