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Reinvesting in education

The Hodgman Liberal Government is investing a record $1.48 billion into education and training this year so we can get better results for our children, upskill our workforce, and create a job-ready generation. This includes:

$113 million investment in State School and TAFE infrastructure. Funding to upgrade facilities at Austins Ferry, East Devonport, East Launceston, Hobart,
Lenah Valley, Montagu Bay, Queechy, Riverside, Snug, Somerset, Sorell, St Marys, Tasman, Windermere, Glenorchy, Kings Meadows, Latrobe, Montrose Bay, Parklands, Prospect, Smithton, South Hobart, 11/12 extension schools, Northern Support School and School of Special Education North West and TAFE facilities.

Extending 30 rural and regional schools to Year 12.This year there is a 57 per cent increase in students studying Year 11 and 12 in the rst 12 schools that have been extended. In 2017, another 18 regional High Schools will extend to Year 11 and 12 for the first time: Burnie, Campania, Clarence, Cressy, Devonport, Jordan River Learning Federation, Latrobe, Lilydale, Oatlands, Port Dalrymple, Reece, Rokeby, Rose Bay, Sheffield, Sorell, Triabunna, Ulverstone and Yolla. Funding is available for additional staff and infrastructure upgrades as needed.

$134 million in Students First (Gonski) funding over 6 years. We are keeping our Gonski pledge and this year there is $10 million more funding than last year. This extra funding will be spent on initiatives that support students’ needs. These include progressing reforms that flow from the Ministerial Taskforce for supporting students with disabilities, further targeted literacy and numeracy support and STEM programs, and programs for combating bullying, student health and sexual assault awareness.

Resourcing for more teachers. In the 2016 school year, there is resourcing for 33 more full-time equivalent teacher positions than in 2014.

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