19 July 2013


As Victorian students returned from school holidays this week, the Napthine Government continues to be on vacation from education policy with an analysis of capital spending showing the Liberal/National coalition has significantly reduced funding for schools.

An analysis of capital investment in local schools in the electorate of Lowan has revealed the Liberals have spent nothing in terms of investment in capital works as
they draw towards the end of their first term, compared to $7.2 million in
Labor’s last term.

“The Napthine Government – like former Liberal/National Governments in Victoria – cannot be trusted to invest in the education and future of Victorian students,” Jaala Pulford said

“As soon as they came to office the Napthine/Baillieu Government abandoned Labor’s Victorian Schools Plan to renovate, rebuild or modernise every Victorian government school.

“The VSP was based on the independent advice of the education department – it was
based on need and schools were funded to ensure students had appropriate
learning facilities.


Between 2007 and 2010 Labor spent an average of $469 million a year on capital works in local schools in compared to the Liberal’s average of $203 million a year from 2011 to 2013 since coming to office.

Ms Pulford said “the people of Horsham know that Horsham College is in desperate need of funding”, and that “time after time the Liberal/National government has failed to provide for the Horsham community”.

Jaala Pulford said the Napthine Government had not only failed to invest in bricks and mortar but had ripped funding out of vital programs that gave parents support and students a career path. 

“TAFE funding has been slashed by $300 million a year, $48 million was taken from the
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and the Education Maintenance
Allowance (EMA) has been cut to the quick – a program that provided financial
relief to struggling families on items like school uniforms, excursions and transport
costs,” Jaala Pulford said

“Cuts to TAFE in particular have severely limited opportunities for Victorian students to access affordable skills and training to get a qualification and entry into an industry,” Jaala Pulford said. 


Under the ‘Better Schools’ plan, government schools in Lowan would benefit from around 
$1.9 million on average per school and non-government schools would receive around $1.7 million on average per school, over a six year period.

“All governments of different political persuasions at all levels should be working
together to pick up and implement the recommendations from the Gonski review,”
Jaala Pulford said.