12 July 2018 : No. 10-18 | open as pdf
State Budget highlights
The education budget delivered by the Queensland Treasurer today is best described as solid - it consolidates ongoing programs and initiatives, while planning for future changes including for 2020, the first time Queensland high schools will see six full cohorts of students across the year levels following the introduction of the Prep year in 2007 and the move of year 7 to high school in 2015.
- Expenditure on state schools will be $8.99b, from a total expenditure on education of $14.1b (including VET, early childhood education and non-state schools).
- $250m for new classrooms at 57 state high schools to accommodate the expected 17,000 additional students from the first full cohort of “original” prep students (prep was introduced in 2007 with a half cohort).
- 1000 additional teachers in state schools, to cater for enrolment growth across all years, and 15 additional instrumental music program teachers each year for four years.
- More than $770m for VET, including $85m over three years to upgrade TAFE facilities in Redlands, Pimlico (Townsville), Cairns, Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
- $923.3 for school infrastructure, including $210.4m for school maintenance, up from $196m in 2017/18.
- $52.4m for plant and equipment including IT-related assets such as servers to improve schools’ IT connectivity.
- $107m over three years to continue the “Teaching Queensland’s Future” program, which includes measures such as mentoring, improved career pathways, support for teachers and school leaders and programs to help attract and retain teachers.
The QTU will be receiving further briefings and analysing the budget papers over the coming days; more information will be posted to the QTU website as it becomes available.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union