Queensland’s Catholic education sector has welcomed an election commitment by the state’s Labor Party to provide additional funds for school capital projects, including new schools. Source: Queensland Catholic Education Commission.
Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. If returned to government, Labor has pledged that Catholic schools would share in $180 million of additional funding for the non-government sector.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Lee-Anne Perry said the promised funding would help the Catholic sector meet demand.
“Local communities make a considerable contribution to the cost of building Catholic schools but support from government is also essential," Dr Perry said..
“New schools are currently being planned and built in communities across the state including the Lockyer Valley, Mackay and Cairns.”
She said Catholic schools were looking to the major parties to commit to a range of other important promises for Catholic education.
“Most importantly in these challenging economic times we want to see a commitment to maintaining recurrent funding at its current percentage over the next term of government.
“Any reduction would mean increased costs for families, many of whom are already facing tough financial choices because of the pandemic.”
Dr Perry said the Catholic sector also wanted to partner with the incoming government to deliver more kindergarten places.
She said student success was also strongly linked to family engagement in learning.
“We’re asking all parties to commit to providing a small amount of funding that would make a very big difference by supporting the development and implementation of family engagement strategies.”