Tamar Valley Steiner School has its funding increase dropped

DROP: Tamar Valley Steiner School’s annual funding increase will grow at 2.8 per cent over ten years - lower than what Labor proposed. Picture: File
DROP: Tamar Valley Steiner School’s annual funding increase will grow at 2.8 per cent over ten years - lower than what Labor proposed. Picture: File

A Launceston independent school will see its funding growth reduced under the federal government’s Gonski 2.0 plan.

Tamar Valley Steiner School’s annual funding increase will grow at 2.8 per cent over ten years – less than what was proposed under Labor’s model.

In 2018 the school will receive $15,039 per student, up from $14,597 this year. 

According to its website, the school aims “to be a source for positive cultural change through Rudolph Steiner's philosophy of pedagogy – which nurtures whole human beings into their full potential.

The school’s funding increase is also lower than the 4.6 per cent average growth for independent schools in Tasmania. 

A spokeswoman for the Tamar Valley Steiner School declined to comment on funding when contacted.

But Independent Schools Tasmania chief executive Tony Crehan was happy with the school’s level of funding. 

“We’re satisfied all of the Tasmanian schools are going to receive increased funding,” he said.

Mr Crehan acknowledged the government’s Gonski 2.0 education funding would provide less money than Labor’s plan, but said the “Coalition was never going to do that”.

“We’re in favour of the overall model which gives us funding certainty for ten years,” he said. 

Mr Crehan said the government’s plan was “fair and equitable for all schools”.

“We’re happy with the proposal,” he said.

Despite Mr Crehan’s praise of the government’s plan, Labor’s education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek slammed the funding.

“The truth is that under Malcolm Turnbull’s policy Tasmanian public schools lose $68 million while many elite private schools get millions of dollars extra,” she said.  

“That’s not fair, and it’s not needs based.”

Last month Ms Pilbersek visited Launceston to campaign against what she said was the federal government cutting money from Tasmanian schools. 

She said Tasmanian schools would “lose around $85 million” in two years.

The Gonski 2.0 plan was formed by the government to legislate Commonwealth funding for schools instead of relying on individual agreements with state governments and stakeholders.

While Tamar Valley Steiner School stands to see its funding growth reduced to $708,000 over one decade, other Launceston schools will see an increase.

Scotch Oakburn College will get a $22 million funding increase over ten years while Launceston Church Grammar School will receive a $15 million boost.

Launceston College will receive $10.4 million over ten years.