Public education should be free. But last year Queensland parents had to pay $89 million in school service fees , and millions more in extra costs.
The Greens will abolish all state school service fees, excursion and textbook costs, and invest an extra $5 billion over four years to fully-fund Queensland state schools.
Parents can be forced to spend over $4,000 a year on state school fees, textbooks and laptops. For some parents that’s not much money, but for many that can represent a massive component of a yearly budget.
Queensland has some of the most underfunded state schools in the country and parents, teachers and children pay the cost. Over the last 10 years of Labor and LNP Government, state funding per public school student has decreased by $128 while funding for private and catholic schools has increased by $220 and $246 per student respectively.
Queensland Labor and the Federal Coalition Government have created a massively unequal education system. It's a fundamental principle of Australian society that the circumstances of your birth shouldn’t determine your chances in life.
It’s common sense that everyone in Australia should receive access to high-quality essential services regardless of their income or background. It’s time we fully funded public education.
The Queensland Greens will:
Introduce genuinely free state school education in Queensland by:
- Increasing the Queensland government’s share of the needs-based Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) funding to 80% to fully fund Queensland public education.
- Abolishing all school service fees, excursion costs and textbook costs and replacing these with extra Government funding.
- Establishing a student technology fund to cover the costs of laptops and internet access.
- Creating an additional $250 million yearly school infrastructure fund to upgrade existing state schools and build new schools in areas of need.