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.
to ensure all Australian children have access to 15 hours a week of quality preschool and early learning in the year before primary school.
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.
for extending the National Schools Chaplaincy program on a permanent basis (previously dumped by Labor) with a special new anti-bullying focus.
to support States and Territories to participate in the Skilling Australians Fund, which aims to create 300,000 apprenticeships.
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.
over four years for young people in regional, rural and remote communities to transition to further education, training and employment.
over four years for 185 Commonwealth-supported placements annually for students commencing a bachelor degree at university through a Regional Study Hub.
over four years to improve regional students’ access to youth allowance.
over five years to regional universities for additional Commonwealth Supported Places.
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.
to extend the National Partnership Agreement on universal access to early childhood education for a further year.
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.
over two years (from 2017-18) for the communications campaign to increase public awareness of changes to the Quality Schools package.
over three years to continue funding the Moneysmart Teaching program, designed to improve financial literacy education in schools.