Fair Funding For Schools

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the biggest investment in public schools in Australian history, ensuring that every child in every school gets the education they deserve.

Under Federal Labor, every public school in each state and territory will benefit.

Under the Liberal-National Government billions of dollars have been cut from public schools.

Because of Scott Morrison’s cuts, almost nine in ten public schools will never get to their fair funding level.

Public schools are at the heart of our education system. They educate two in every three school students, and the overwhelming majority of Australia’s neediest children: 82 per cent of the poorest children; 84 per cent of Indigenous children; and 74 per cent of children with disability.

A Labor Government will use its first budget to deliver a major funding boost so that parents everywhere can be confident that their local public school has the resources it needs to deliver a world class education.

  • A Shorten Labor Government will deliver an extra $14.1 billion in funding for public schools over ten years, boosting Commonwealth funding for public schools to a record $137 billion.
  • $3.3 billion extra will be provided over the first three school years (2020, 2021, 2022) alone.
  • Labor's funding will break through the Liberals' unfair 20 per cent cap on federal funding for public school students by 2022, and we will abolish the cap for good.
  • A Federal Labor Government will work with state and territory governments to make sure they invest strongly too.


 An extra $14 billion for public schools over the decade is equivalent to more than:

  • 13,000 extra teachers; or
  • 23,000 extra teacher aides.

This will transform public schools across Australia and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.

More funding means more individual attention and more help with the basics such as reading, writing, maths, and science. It will allow public schools to offer a broader range of subjects including languages, coding, the arts, and vocational education.

Labor believes that for parents to have real choice about where they send their kids, governments have a responsibility to make sure our public schools are second to none. 

As Education Minister in a Shorten Labor Government, Tanya Plibersek will work with the states and territories to get every public school to 100 per cent of its fair funding level. this important goal.

Over the last five years the Liberals have slashed public school funding. Scott Morrison doesn’t think that the 2.5 million students attending public schools deserve fair funding – he thinks he can get away with his cuts. Australians didn’t vote for Scott Morrison, and they didn’t vote for his $14 billion cut to public schools.

Labor is proud to work with teachers, parents, principals and unions in our campaign for better funding for public schools. Labor will make other policy announcements and funding commitments before the next federal election on priorities including better support for students with a disability.

At the next election there will be a clear choice for voters – Labor’s commitment to invest in public schools, or the Liberals’ cuts.