OUR REGION'S government and independent school students are set for, on average, an additional $1149 each by 2021 under the Liberal National Government’s student-centred Gonski funding plan that recently passed Parliament. The new funding is part of a $283.63M funding boost for government and independent schools over the next decade that will see a $270 average increase next year for every student and around $1149 on average extra for each student by 2021. Catholic and non-government systemic schools in Queensland will get an additional $2852.9M under the plan over the next decade that their education authorities will distribute to their schools. We’re delivering a school system that’s entirely focused on students and what they need to be their best.
Got something to say about education for country kids? Now is the time to speak up as the Liberal National Government is undertaking a landmark review into regional, rural and remote education initiated by the Liberal National Government. I invite families, students and the wider community to take a look at what’s being discussed and then tell us what you think. We need your input on the challenges faced and the ways you get around them.
13 JULY 2017: The Federal Government’s axing of the Green Army was a disastrous decision for North Queensland. I'm not going to play the government’s line on the Green Army program, which will cease on June 30 next year, because, frankly, I was ticked off when the government announced the Green Army was axed.
4 JULY 2017: Work is progressing on the establishment of the North Queensland Regional Training Hub, which will provide medical students the ability to study, work and live in Mackay and Townsville. Significant progress has been made in establishing the Hubs, and the James Cook University will focus on a ‘grow your own’ model to facilitate regionally based vocational training and career paths.
3 JULY 2017: Another leading industry organisation has backed in the Liberal National Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program with a commitment to deliver thousands of internships for young Australians. The Australian Retailers Association has confirmed it will partner with the Government and deliver up to 10,000 internships to young Australians looking to get into work through the Youth Jobs PaTH program.