Record $13.95 billion for education, training and early childhood education

18 June 2013

Education, training and early childhood education receives a record $13.95 billion in the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government's 2013-14 Budget.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the education Budget is increasing by $524 million on last year's expenditure.

"The National Education Reform Agreement between the NSW Government and the Commonwealth Government, based on recommendations of the Review of Funding for Schooling, chaired by David Gonski, will deliver $5 billion of additional schools investment during 2014 to 2019," Mr Piccoli said.

"In line with the National Education Reform Agreement, provision has been made for the $153 million in additional State and Federal funding for the 2014 school year.

"This agreement will deepen and accelerate the NSW Government's education reforms including, Great Teaching, Inspired Learning, Local Schools, Local Decisions, The Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan, and Connected Communities.

"The 2013-14 Budget provides $10.24 billion for government schools, including $320 million on school maintenance - a 23 per cent increase in school maintenance over the previous Government's last budget.

"Total capital expenditure for 2013-14 is estimated at $530 million – continuing the significant investment in government education facilities. Increased funding of $100 million over four years will be directed to school infrastructure to build new schools and upgrade existing facilities.

"We have allocated funding to deliver five new schools in the Lower North Shore, Spring Farm, The Ponds, Strathfield and Crows Nest, along with the upgrade of 14 schools and TAFE colleges.

"The Budget also provides $995 million to support non-government schools.

"$2.3 billion is allocated for vocational education and training through TAFE NSW Institutes and other registered training providers to improve skills and increase higher qualification levels in NSW and to regulate apprenticeships and traineeships. This is approximately an eight per cent increase on last year's investment in training.

"The NSW Government is spending $301 million on early childhood education and care, continuing the focus on universal access to quality early childhood education in the year before school.

"We are also spending $4 million to commence consultation and development of interactive NSW senior secondary syllabuses that incorporate the Australian curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history.

"The 2013-14 Budget builds on the last two years' investment in education and demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to improve the care, education and training opportunities available for students in NSW."

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