Labor pledges education grants of up to $750 per student

Dominic Giannini 21 September 2020 11
Education Minister Yvette Berry

Education Minister Yvette Berry has announced a $12 million grant fund for school children from disadvantaged families. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Disadvantaged Canberra families will be able to receive $400 for preschool children, $500 for primary school children and $750 for high school and college students to cover education expenses if Labor is re-elected in October.

The $12 million Future of Education Equity Grants program can be used to buy school uniforms, school excursions, sports equipment and activities and music lessons, Education Minister Yvette Berry said.

“Equal access to education goes beyond the necessary tools for learning – it is being able to buy boots for footy, art supplies, or starting school with a new backpack and a fresh haircut,” she said.

“These additional things can have a tremendous impact on a student’s engagement in learning which ultimately means they will have better educational outcomes.”

Last week Labor pledged $15 million to expedite the removal of hazardous materials in ACT schools after a fourth primary school was found to contain above threshold levels of lead from paint.


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Education commitments from the Canberra Liberals include a pitch to parents in the Catholic school system of an extra $16 million in funding over four years.

The Canberra Liberals also plan to hire more teacher librarians, pilot a program for Indigenous boys and introduce a mindfulness program for Year 3 children.

An extra $15.5 million over four years will be spent to create 50 new teacher-librarian positions in schools and the well-regarded Clontarf Academy will be piloted for 12 months in an ACT Government high school to provide behavioural and lifestyle support to Indigenous boys.


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The Canberra Progressives have also unveiled an education platform this week, saying it will establish grants of up to $10,000 to bring professional artists into Canberran schools for 20 days.

The program will support between 50 to 150 artists and schools every year, the Progressives say.

ACT artists will be embedded in the classes of primary school children and up to Year 10 and all schools will be able to apply annually for the program.

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11 Responses to Labor pledges education grants of up to $750 per student
Caz Ireland Caz Ireland 10:48 am 24 Sep 20

Anyone remember when Labor shut down all those schools about 15 years ago? They’ve had 20 years in government so their record should tell you everything you need to know

Keith Cheetham Keith Cheetham 7:21 pm 23 Sep 20

Pork barreling at its best as Labor does.

And then dont initialise it.

Bronwyn Wilson Bronwyn Wilson 2:10 pm 23 Sep 20

Where are e teacher librarians going to come from? There are very, very few in the ACT - that’s why so many schools don’t have one. How about paying for classroom teachers (who are interested) to upskill themselves to BECOME a teacher librarian.

Pam Wood Pam Wood 10:29 am 23 Sep 20

Another rort in progress

Jason Preston Jason Preston 9:31 pm 22 Sep 20

Buying your vote with your kids

John Hartley John Hartley 5:44 pm 22 Sep 20

Labour drunk on money till there is none left then tax go up there a joke and have and will be for a long time

Toshak Akita Toshak Akita 2:42 pm 22 Sep 20

Spare me....

JeeKay Dee JeeKay Dee 2:33 pm 22 Sep 20

It's just a cheap bandaid to mask how poorly funded public schools are. That investment is best spent directly in the public schools system. If you want to help disadvantaged families, fix the welfare systems. Why nobody is looking into UBI more closely is beyond me. Especially considering how clear it became that our current welfare systems cannot manoeuvre around something such as COVID without great financial impost on practically everyone.

Grace Nagle Grace Nagle 1:44 pm 22 Sep 20

Schools already help disadvantaged families, while costs are asked they are not mandatory and help can be sort. Seems like a double up and the money used a better way!

Zakzook Chico Zakzook Chico 12:37 pm 22 Sep 20

Pigs might fly too 😂

Vanessa Jones Vanessa Jones 12:12 pm 22 Sep 20

Where are the announcements about Labor funding upgrades/catch up jobs for West Belconnen, the area of Berry's electorate? Still waiting....

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