2018 Bud­get High­lights: Ed­u­ca­tion

In its 2018 Bud­get, the Coali­tion has no­tably flagged ad­di­tional fund­ing and ex­ten­sions to ru­ral sup­port pro­grams, as well as fur­ther sup­port for early ed­u­ca­tion.

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - CAMERON DRUM­MOND

$870m

to en­sure all Aus­tralian chil­dren have ac­cess to 15 hours a week of qual­ity preschool and early learn­ing in the year be­fore pri­mary school.

$11.8m

over three years to ex­pand the Early Learn­ing Lan­guages Aus­tralia pro­gram to more preschools. The Govern­ment ad­di­tional will trial the pro­gram in 2019 and 2020 from the first year of school through to year two in pri­mary schools.

$247m

for extending the Na­tional Schools Chap­laincy pro­gram on a per­ma­nent ba­sis (pre­vi­ously dumped by La­bor) with a spe­cial new anti-bul­ly­ing fo­cus.

$300m

to sup­port States and Ter­ri­to­ries to par­tic­i­pate in the Skilling Aus­tralians Fund, which aims to cre­ate 300,000 ap­pren­tice­ships.

$1.9bn

over 12 years in Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Col­lab­o­ra­tive Re­search In­fra­struc­ture Strat­egy (NCRIS) to spur fur­ther innovation and jobs growth across fields like quan­tum com­put­ing, ge­nomics, pre­ci­sion medicine, ma­rine sci­ence or bio­science in key sec­tors like the wine in­dus­try.

$96.1m

over four years for young peo­ple in re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties to tran­si­tion to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment.

$14m

over four years for 185 Com­mon­wealth-sup­ported place­ments an­nu­ally for stu­dents com­menc­ing a bach­e­lor de­gree at univer­sity through a Re­gional Study Hub.

$53.9m

over four years to im­prove re­gional stu­dents’ ac­cess to youth al­lowance.

$123.6m

over five years to re­gional uni­ver­si­ties for ad­di­tional Com­mon­wealth Sup­ported Places.

$134.3m

over four years to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory as part of the chil­dren and school­ing com­po­nent of the Na­tional Part­ner­ship Agree­ment on North­ern Ter­ri­tory Re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal In­vest­ment.

$440m

to ex­tend the Na­tional Part­ner­ship Agree­ment on uni­ver­sal ac­cess to early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion for a fur­ther year.

$154m

to pro­mote ac­tive and healthy liv­ing. $83m of this will be used to im­prove ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity sport fa­cil­i­ties and ex­pand the Sport­ing Schools and Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons pro­grams.

$6m

over two years (from 2017-18) for the com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign to in­crease pub­lic aware­ness of changes to the Qual­ity Schools pack­age.

$3.9m

over three years to con­tinue fund­ing the Moneysmart Teach­ing pro­gram, de­signed to im­prove fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

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