Our state schools aren’t free - there are huge costs that come with notebooks and resources, text books, uniforms, general levies, excursions and laptops. I’ve spoken with many families who estimate they’re paying up to $1000 each year, and statewide, families are paying around $89 million each year in resource fees and levies.
Given the broader cost of living crisis - with the cost of groceries and housing only going up - this can be a huge burden for families.
This is on top of the fact that Queensland schools are some of the most underfunded in the country. State governments are expected to contribute 80% of school funding, with the other 20% coming from the Federal Government. But of all the states, only the ACT actually meets its end of the bargain, with its full 80%. Queensland on the other hand, only contributes 69% - the second lowest in the country. Meaning Queensland schools are missing out on millions of dollars in funding every year, and the Queensland government has no plans to reach their 80% funding requirement.
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The state and Federal governments were meant to renegotiate their funding agreements this year, but this has now been delayed until 2024 - meaning Queensland schools and Queensland kids will go without for another year. Along with Senator Penny Allman-Payne, we are pushing to make sure our schools are properly funded, and our students and families supported. Sign up for updates.