Catholic education looks to State Budget to confirm commitment to schools

Queensland’s Catholic education sector will be looking for this week’s State Budget to confirm the Palaszczuk Government’s election promises for Catholic education, particularly around capital works and recurrent funding.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the Premier had committed to maintaining recurrent funding at present levels for Catholic schools during the 2017 election campaign.

“We’re looking to this budget to see those commitments delivered,” Dr Perry said.

“This funding is particularly important to our schools given the changes brought about by the new federal funding model.

“The budget needs to confirm that there will be no cuts to state recurrent funding for Catholic schools.”

The Palaszczuk Government also committed at the last election to continuing the Capital Assistance and External Infrastructure funding programs, with a total of $82.35 million committed over a three-year period in supplementary capital support for infrastructure in Catholic schools.

“Catholic schools welcomed this promise as a positive sign of the State Government’s commitment to Catholic schools and we are looking for this to continue in tomorrow’s budget.

“Capital funding is vital because it helps us continue to meet the demands of a growing population.

“With one in five Queensland students being educated in a Catholic school we are looking for the government to continue to commit to working with us to build and improve our schools,” Dr Perry said.