Labor to Fund Central Victorian Schools

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has met with school leaders and Principals to discuss Labor’s commitment to fund public schools. 

This week it has become even more clear that only Labor has a fair funding plan for all schools in the Bendigo electorate.

At COAG, the Victorian Labor Government rejected Scott Morrison’s dud deal currently on the table because it doesn’t offer a legitimate funding fix for our public schools. 

“Australian schools should be the best in the world, and every Australian child deserves the best start in life.

“Labor believes that for parents to have real choice, governments have a responsibility to make sure our public schools are second to none.

“But at the moment, because of Scott Morrison’s cuts, almost nine in ten public schools will never get to their fair funding level.

“Over the last five years all the Liberals have done is attack public schools and slash their funding. 

“Scott Morrison doesn’t think the 2.5 million students in the public school system deserve fair funding – These cuts have and will continue to hurt schools across the Bendigo electorate,” said Ms Chesters.

A Federal Labor Government will invest an extra $14 billion for public schools to deliver the biggest school investment in Australian history – almost $22 million of that will be allocated across Central Victoria. 

“A new website – – will give each school an estimate of the extra funding it can expect in the first three years of Labor’s plan.

Every student in every public school in Central Victoria will be better off under Labor’s plan, including:

-              Bendigo Senior Secondary College - $2,540,000
-              Kyneton Secondary - $730,000
-              Castlemaine Secondary College - $910,000
-              Maiden Gully PS - $640,000
-              Kennington PS - $690,000
-              White Hills PS - $810,000

“Our extra investment will transform public schools across Central Victoria and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.

“At the next Federal election there will be a clear choice for voters – Labor’s commitment to invest in public schools, or the Liberals’ cuts,” said Ms Chesters.