1PM TODAY: AEU LAUNCHES MOBILE BILLBOARD IN ULVERSTONE DEMANDING FULL AND FAIR FUNDING FOR NORTHERN TASMANIA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

12 April 2022

The Australian Education Union is launching a mobile billboard in Ulverstone to kickstart their election campaign demanding full and proper funding for Northern Tasmania’s public schools from the next Federal Government.

Figures released today by the Australian Education Union show that with proper and fair funding from the Federal Government, every public school could employ an average of four (Braddon) and six (Bass) more teachers and provide additional learning programs for students who need extra help.

“Each year, public schools in Braddon and Bass are missing out on $1289, per student in school funding because of the failure of the Federal Government to ensure that every school is funded to a minimum of 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS),” AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said.

“For too long, the Morrison Government has shirked their responsibility for Northern Tasmania’s public schools.

“The current funding shortfall denies public school students, their families and teachers the funding they need to maximise their full potential and thrive.

“This urgent situation will be made worse by Morrison’s $559 million cut to public school funding in the Federal Budget.

“The upcoming federal election is an opportunity to elect a government that prioritises Bass and Braddon’s public schools, their students, teachers and families.”

Australian Education Union Tasmania Branch State Manager, Brian Wightman highlighted how students would benefit from increased support and more individual attention if the incoming Federal Government properly and fairly funds every public school in Northern Tasmania.

“The Morrison Government has repeatedly failed our public schools. We cannot afford another term of their callous and deep funding cuts to Northern Tasmania’s public schools,” Mr Wightman said.

“Bass and Braddon public schools provide high quality education to every child, irrespective of their circumstances.

“With proper and full funding, public school students in Bass and Braddon can benefit from more teachers and education support staff, reduced class sizes and specialised learning programs that cater to their individual needs.

“The current funding shortfall in Tasmania’s public schools must be urgently addressed by the next Federal Government.”

The mobile billboard also highlights the Morrison Government’s failures on TAFE. Nationally, vocational education and training and TAFE funding is $8 billion lower since the Coalition was elected in 2013.

-ENDS

Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe and Tasmania Branch State Manager Brian Wightman will be joined by local teachers at Ulverstone Secondary College today to launch the billboard and address the media at 1pm.

Media contact: Alys Gagnon, 0438 379 977, [email protected]

Jon Stanger, 0437 374 125, [email protected]

Local data breakdown, showing how many teachers could be employed and the reduction in average class sizes per public school in Bass and Braddon if the Federal Government ensured public schools were funded to 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard.

Electorate

School Name

Per student funding shortfall per year

Total funding shortfall over three years

Additional teachers could hire per electorate average

Bass

Beaconsfield Primary School

$1,289

$866,208

6

Bass

Bridport Primary School

$1,289

$754,065

6

Bass

Brooks High School

$1,289

$1,713,081

6

Bass

Cape Barren Island School

$1,289

$38,670

6

Bass

East Launceston Primary School

$1,289

$2,030,175

6

Bass

East Tamar Primary School

$1,289

$1,264,509

6

Bass

Exeter High School

$1,289

$1,191,036

6

Bass

Exeter Primary School

$1,289

$1,527,465

6

Bass

Flinders Island District High School

$1,289

$390,567

6

Bass

Glen Dhu Primary School

$1,289

$1,341,849

6

Bass

Invermay Primary School

$1,289

$1,330,248

6

Bass

Kings Meadows High School

$1,289

$2,316,333

6

Bass

Launceston Big Picture School

$1,289

$348,030

6

Bass

Launceston College

$1,289

$5,034,834

6

Bass

Lilydale District School

$1,289

$1,481,061

6

Bass

Mowbray Heights Primary School

$1,289

$2,161,653

6

Bass

Newstead College

$1,289

$2,049,510

6

Bass

Northern Support School

$1,289

$398,301

6

Bass

Norwood Primary School

$1,289

$1,968,303

6

Bass

Port Dalrymple School

$1,289

$1,848,426

6

Bass

Prospect High School

$1,289

$1,759,485

6

Bass

Punchbowl Primary School

$1,289

$1,403,721

6

Bass

Queechy High School

$1,289

$2,648,895

6

Bass

Ravenswood Heights Primary School

$1,289

$1,117,563

6

Bass

Ringarooma Primary School

$1,289

$332,562

6

Bass

Riverside High School

$1,289

$2,973,723

6

Bass

Riverside Primary School

$1,289

$3,000,792

6

Bass

Scottsdale High School

$1,289

$1,179,435

6

Bass

Scottsdale Primary School

$1,289

$1,136,898

6

Bass

South George Town Primary School

$1,289

$823,671

6

Bass

St Leonards Primary School

$1,289

$993,819

6

Bass

Summerdale Primary School

$1,289

$2,003,106

6

Bass

Trevallyn Primary School

$1,289

$1,894,830

6

Bass

Waverley Primary School

$1,289

$610,986

6

Bass

West Launceston Primary School

$1,289

$1,631,874

6

Bass

Winnaleah District High School

$1,289

$332,562

6

Bass

Youngtown Primary School

$1,289

$1,245,174

6

Braddon

Andrews Creek Primary School

$1,289

$614,853

4

Braddon

Boat Harbour Primary School

$1,289

$1,032,489

4

Braddon

Burnie High School

$1,289

$2,362,737

4

Braddon

Burnie Primary School

$1,289

$1,434,657

4

Braddon

Cooee Primary School

$1,289

$696,060

4

Braddon

Devonport High School

$1,289

$1,755,618

4

Braddon

Devonport Primary School

$1,289

$1,098,228

4

Braddon

Don College

$1,289

$2,965,989

4

Braddon

East Devonport Primary School

$1,289

$843,006

4

Braddon

East Ulverstone Primary School

$1,289

$974,484

4

Braddon

Edith Creek Primary School

$1,289

$228,153

4

Braddon

Forest Primary School

$1,289

$641,922

4

Braddon

Forth Primary School

$1,289

$800,469

4

Braddon

Havenview Primary School

$1,289

$498,843

4

Braddon

Hellyer College

$1,289

$2,675,964

4

Braddon

Hillcrest Primary School

$1,289

$804,336

4

Braddon

King Island District High School

$1,289

$785,001

4

Braddon

Latrobe High School

$1,289

$2,068,845

4

Braddon

Latrobe Primary School

$1,289

$1,365,051

4

Braddon

Miandetta Primary School

$1,289

$1,322,514

4

Braddon

Montello Primary School

$1,289

$1,330,248

4

Braddon

Mountain Heights School

$1,289

$723,129

4

Braddon

Natone Primary School

$1,289

$104,409

4

Braddon

Nixon Street Primary School

$1,289

$1,778,820

4

Braddon

North West Support School

$1,289

$510,444

4

Braddon

Parklands High School

$1,289

$1,562,268

4

Braddon

Penguin District School

$1,289

$2,521,284

4

Braddon

Port Sorell Primary School

$1,289

$1,117,563

4

Braddon

Redpa Primary School

$1,289

$150,813

4

Braddon

Reece High School

$1,289

$1,836,825

4

Braddon

Riana Primary School

$1,289

$448,572

4

Braddon

Ridgley Primary School

$1,289

$433,104

4

Braddon

Romaine Park Primary School

$1,289

$1,318,647

4

Braddon

Rosebery District School

$1,289

$305,493

4

Braddon

Sassafras Primary School

$1,289

$201,084

4

Braddon

Smithton High School

$1,289

$1,314,780

4

Braddon

Smithton Primary School

$1,289

$746,331

4

Braddon

Somerset Primary School

$1,289

$1,515,864

4

Braddon

Sprent Primary School

$1,289

$96,675

4

Braddon

Spreyton Primary School

$1,289

$1,577,736

4

Braddon

Stanley Primary School

$1,289

$270,690

4

Braddon

Strahan Primary School

$1,289

$208,818

4

Braddon

Table Cape Primary School

$1,289

$1,407,588

4

Braddon

Ulverstone Primary School

$1,289

$1,678,278

4

Braddon

Ulverstone Secondary College

$1,289

$2,382,072

4

Braddon

West Ulverstone Primary School

$1,289

$645,789

4

Braddon

Wynyard High School

$1,289

$1,009,287

4

Braddon

Yolla District School

$1,289

$734,730

4

Braddon

Zeehan Primary School

$1,289

$251,355

4

Authorised by Kevin Bates, Federal Secretary, Australian Education Union, 120 Clarendon Street, Southbank VIC 3006.