This is a brief summary of the education policies of the major parties contesting the federal election, focussing on key areas affecting Independent schools.
It will be updated as new information comes available.
More detailed information on policies and major announcements relating to school education are available on our 2019 Federal Election page.
A commitment of $307 billion for government and non-government schools over the next ten years; $80 billion of this to go to Independent schools.
$1.2 billion over ten years in the Choice and Affordability Fund, of which $485 million will go to Independent schools to support parental choice and improve student performance.
Maintain the Capital Grants Program providing funding to non-government schools for improving facilities, particularly for disadvantaged students.
Match the Coalition’s commitment to recurrent funding of non-government schools.
Maintain the Choice and Affordability Fund, with an emphasis on supporting disadvantaged students.
A commitment to an additional $14.2 billion in spending on government schools over a decade, taking Labor’s total commitment to $322 billion.
Maintain the Capital Grants Program, targeted to population growth areas.
Creation of a national evidence institute to inform teaching practice, system improvement and policy development.
A national strategy to support teacher workforce planning.
Strengthen accreditation of initial teacher education programs.
$21 million to fund 300 new teachers in disadvantaged schools under the High Achieving Teachers Program.
Removal of HELP debt for 3100 teaching graduates who agree to work in remote schools for a minimum of four years.
Creation of a new National Principals’ Academy to give principals advanced leadership training and support.
Commitment to creation of national evidence institute.
Increase entry requirements for initial teacher education courses, to a minimum ATAR of around 80, with bursaries to attract high-achieving students in to initial teacher education courses.
Expand the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher program.
Referral of exemptions for faith-based schools in anti-discrimination laws for review by the Australian Law Reform Commission, to report by April 2020.
A commitment to ensure discrimination against students is unacceptable, while ensuring faith-based schools can teach and maintain rules consistent with their faith.
Will ask Law Reform Commission to bring forward the report on its review of anti-discrimination laws as a matter of priority.
A commitment to removing discrimination against students, while allowing faith-based schools to impose ‘reasonable conditions, requirements or practices’ in accordance with their faith.
A commitment to maintain the National Schools Chaplaincy program, with a focus on anti-bullying.
Supports funding allocated to the program in the 2018 Budget but will provide schools the option of a chaplain or a secular welfare officer.
$28.8 billion to support students with disability as part of overall 10-year school funding commitment.
An extra $300 million over three years to ensure support for students with disability.
The Greens have not announced specific policies in all areas of school education.
A commitment to Ensure every government school reaches 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard by 2023 by investing $24 billion over the next ten years.
Legislating to remove the cap on Commonwealth contributions to government schools and cancelling the ‘special deals’ for non-government schools.
Increase the Capital Grants Program to include government schools, which would receive 80 per cent of the funds.
Work to reverse unspecified ‘cuts’ to funding for students with a disability.
Enhanced protection for the rights of LGBTIQ people, by legislating to remove religious exemptions in federal anti-discrimination laws.