March 12, 2015


The Andrews Labor Government’s non-government schools legislation will provide funding certainty for independent schools by allocating ongoing support on the basis of need, ensuring that students from disadvantaged families are not left behind.

While visiting St Brigid’s School in Ballan, State Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard said that the passing of legislation through the parliament was a victory for local Catholic and independent schools.

“Our independent and Catholic schools cater to a wide range of communities around the state, serving unique and diverse cultural, religious and social needs,” Mr Howard said.

“37 per cent of Victorian students are currently enrolled in non-government schools but until now these schools have not had guaranteed funding certainty from government.

“The legislation provides transparency to the education sector ensuring that growth in funding for government schools also flows through to independent schools.

“Unlike the Greens Party who voted against the Bill, I was proud to stand up in parliament to speak in support of our non-government schools.

“There are 12 non-government schools in the Buninyong electorate, most being Catholic primary schools but also including Ballarat Christian College and Ballarat Steiner School.  

“These schools will also benefit from Labor’s $120 million capital funding program, providing each and every student with access to modern learning facilities to help them get the best start in life.”