For everyone Driving home the message on schools funding

  • 5 Dec 2023

The AEU has hit the road, visiting schools and communities across Australia to raise awareness about the need for governments to lock in a plan to fully fund every public school.

The Melbourne leg of the For Every Child national road trip was launched at the AEU on 27 October. Our For Every Child campaigners made their way to the nation’s capital in November, collecting thousands of postcards along the way signed by members, parents and other supporters calling on the Prime Minister to follow through on his promise to fund our schools to the 100% of the benchmark Schooling Resourcing Standard (SRS).

Right now, not one public school in Victoria is funded to the standard set by the federal government, and that is inexcusable.

As a recent AEU survey revealed, if the government wants to keep teachers in the profession, it must fully fund public schools so that they have the resources to do their jobs without spending their own money, working excessive hours, and burning out.

Our purple For Every Child cars travelled around key seats in Victoria, campaigning with members at workplaces, talking to parents, and attending community events, to get the message out about why public schools need and deserve full funding.

Campaigners also visited local Members of Parliament to make sure this issue is front of mind for federal Labor MPs. The road trip arrived in Canberra on 27 November, where state and territory branches of the AEU combined 70,000 postcards from across the nation to present them en masse to Prime Minister Albanese.

This coincided with a letter to the PM published in all daily newspapers across the country, signed by the AEU and more than 50 organisations supporting our For Every Child campaign.

Key facts about schools funding in Australia

  • By 2029, public schools will be underfunded by $6.5 billion per year.

  • By 2029, private schools will receive almost $3 billion more than their benchmarked share of government funding every year.

  • Currently, Victoria’s public schools are missing out on an average $1,800 per student each year.

  • Public schools overwhelmingly educate the children with the greatest needs, who are also the most expensive to educate.

  • Full funding would mean smaller class sizes and more individual support for children.

  • Full funding would go a long way towards addressing workforce shortages, unsustainable workloads, and salaries and conditions for school staff.

  • Full funding of our public schools is a vital investment in Australia’s future.

“Just imagine what our public schools could do for the majority of children in this state who attend public schools if our Prime Minister funded public schools to 100% of the standard they set. It’s time for Prime Minister Albanese to fully fund public schools.”

– Meredith Peace

“Currently we are not funded to 100% of the SRS, and this means educators need to make difficult choices about where to put their priorities.”

– Robert Last

“State schools are doing a great job, but we are so under-funded that we can’t provide the extras that kids need. Everything is at a basic level and teachers are working so hard to make up for those deficits.”

– Deb Fischer

“Our schools are currently not fully funded, and we are lacking about $1,800 per child. The difference that that would make in our setting would be less workload for all of our staff. It would mean smaller classes. It’d make a massive difference.”

– Sam McGinty


Sign up as a supporter.

Sign the petition to the Prime Minister asking him to uphold his election commitment to fund public schools to 100% of the SRS. He needs to deliver the funding promised so that another generation of students don’t miss out.

*The Schooling Resource Standard is the minimum amount of public funding needed to meet the educational needs of students in each school, as set by government. Find more here.

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