Bendigo students to benefit from Labor's Your Child. Our Future Plan for education

Every child in the Bendigo region will have a better education with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools.

A Shorten Labor Government will fund the final years of the existing school funding agreements and reverse the Turnbull Liberal Government’s cuts to education totalling $199 million in the Bendigo region alone, meaning local schools and students will benefit from a sustainable, fully funded investment in their education.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Amanda Rishworth said that students in the Bendigo region deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor has a plan to do this.

“With Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, students in the Bendigo region will be given better targeted resources, better trained teachers, and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning
outcomes,” Ms Rishworth said.

“Your Child. Our Future is a $960 million injection of targeted federal investment to Victorian schools in the 2018-19 school years, and puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning that parents can have confidence that school
funding is actually making a difference to student results.

“This funding will make a real difference to schools right throughout the Bendigo region, including the townships of Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton that we’re visiting today.

“But this won’t be a blank cheque – Federal Labor expects that the Victorian Government honour their funding obligations in accordance with existing agreements.”

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said that the future of the region’s economic and social prosperity relied on investing in a strong education system.

“If the students of the Bendigo region are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts.

Malcolm Turnbull has cut $199 million out of classrooms in the Bendigo region alone, $7.2 billion from Victorian schools and $30 billion from classrooms right around the country,” Ms Chesters said.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s school cuts are the equivalent of sacking one in seven teachers - they will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for every school in the region.

“Ensuring Australia’s workforce is ready for the jobs of the future begins in schools – Your Child. Our Future will build the education system our children, and our region, need.”