Local, Independant and Effective
June 23, 2017

Education reform provides transparency for regional families

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says education funding reform will lead to greater consistency and transparency for regional families.

“Educational reform is really important, and good governance must include transparency,” Ms McGowan said, after supporting the passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017.

“I welcome the amendments made in the Senate, particularly the revision of the SES formula, and look forward to working with the government on the implementation of these amendments.”

Ms McGowan acknowledged there were fiercely differing arguments on both sides of the debate.

“In that context it was more important to get good governance and transparency and deliver long term reform. I will continue to lobby hard for adequate funding for all schools in Indi – State, Independent and Catholic.”

Ms McGowan said children and families in rural and regional Australia needed to be funded fairly and for what they need.

“The extra $5.66 billion in extra funding for Victoria compared to 2016-17 will assist this.

“The overall reform provides important national consistency through needs-based funding. The legislation needs to provide good governance over the long term.”

Ms McGowan said she had consulted with the Catholic Education Office, school board chairs, unions, education specialists, students and families throughout the consideration of the legislation.

“I reached a view that the best interests of Indi are served by consistent and transparent approach.”

Ms McGowan said she welcomed the opportunity to talk to individuals and schools about the reform.

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