Catholic schools welcome funding certainty

Catholic schools have welcomed the announcement that the Queensland Government has signed an education funding agreement with the Federal Government.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said schools needed funding certainty for the year ahead.

“We have been waiting for this news for some weeks now and we are pleased Education Minister Grace Grace has now signed the agreement,” Dr Perry said.

“The flow of funds from the Commonwealth is essential for Catholic schools to continue operating so we welcome news that this will now happen in time for the 2019 school year.”

Dr Perry said Queensland’s 304 Catholic schools educate more than 147,000 students and employ more than 19,000 teachers and support staff whose jobs depend on agreed funding being made available.

“Our Catholic School Authorities can now cement in place their plans for 2019 knowing that funding will flow through as a result of Minister Grace signing this agreement,” she said.

“The Commonwealth funding package, together with the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments for Catholic school funding, will support our schools in continuing to provide high quality, affordable choice in education for Queensland families.”