Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff meets with federal minister Simon Birmingham to fight for education funding

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff will meet with his interstate and federal counterparts in Adelaide on Friday to fight for additional education funding. 

A new education funding model is set to start in 2018 and will bring together 27 models and create a simpler one for all states, according to Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham. 

Mr Birmingham said the funding model currently in place would lead to “gross inequities” between Australian states.

Analysis found that in 2017, Tasmania would receive $3366 per student, compared to $2649 for Western Australia in a hypothetically identical school. 

Mr Rockliff said the Tasmanian government would not accept any change that left Tasmania worse off.

“The Hodgman Liberal government is the strongest supporter of Gonksi and needs based funding," Mr Rockliff said. 

“In fact, in our analysis we are being short-changed by $14 million under the current arrangement, and I will be going to Adelaide to fight for that additional funding.”

Tasmanian Education Union president Helen Richardson said the state government must insist Tasmania gets full Gonski funding. 

“Gonski delivers more than $70 million in funding to our schools, in two years alone, and the Hodgman government must not settle for anything less,” Ms Richardson said. 

“Anything less than full Gonski funding will mean thousands of our students miss out on the teachers, the literacy and numeracy support and the individual attention that they need for a great education.

“The coalition’s new funding model is a distraction from its Gonski cuts and the harm that they will do to the prospects of generations of Tasmanian children.”

Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O’Byrne said she would like to see more transparency on spending. 

“Really good school funding should recognise the differences in schools and the ability of principals to make decisions,” she said. 

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