Funding increased in NSW budget
The NSW Government has increased funding for education, training and early childhood education by $383 million to $13.83 billion in the 2012-13 state budget.
The proportion of total government expenses spent on education will increase from 22 per cent in 2011-12 to 22.4 per cent this year.
Key elements of the funding include:
- an extra $115 million spent for national partnerships, mainly in Early Childhood Education, Smarter Schools, Empowering Local Schools, Skills Reform and More Support for Students with Disabilities
- $48 million in National Partnership funds to be spent across three years to support the government's implementation of Every Student, Every School which will provide enhanced learning and support for students with a disability
- an extra $47 million will be delivered to support the Assisted School Travel Program
- an extra $98 million on early childhood education and care, bringing the total to $377 million
- $318 million on school maintenance - an extra $20 million and a 22 per cent increase in two years
- $535 million, including six new schools
Literacy and numeracy
- $26 million as part of the five-year $261 million Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan
Vocational education and training
- $2.2 billion on vocational education and training
- $76 million for TAFE NSW to start 10 new major building and IT projects while continuing work on 17 major building and IT projects
Board of Studies
- $1.9 million for the Board of Studies to develop and implement the new Record of School Achievement for students leaving school before undertaking the HSC
- $841,000 to continue developing Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabuses and materials to support the implementation of the Australian curriculum in English, mathematics, science and history.