We all know the importance of education for the future prosperity of our community. Education creates many social benefits, including better employment outcomes, lower crime rates, improved civic engagement, reduced rates of addiction, and healthier families.
Transitioning a young people from school into further education – whether vocational education, an apprenticeship, on-the-job training, or university – is a major predictor of their future success. Lifelong learning is also important to the ongoing growth and development of our community.
I am committed to delivering improved educational outcomes for Mayo.
- Delivering fairer and stronger funding for education, especially for our schools
- Delivering sustained funding for apprenticeships
- Helping young people successful transition from school into workplace or tertiary education
- An extra $424 million for SA schools through the Gonski 2.0 education reforms, an extra $66 million of that for Mayo
- Negotiated the transition to the new Gonski 2.0 funding model to occur more quickly, over 6 years rather than the original proposal of 10 years
- Negotiated $60m of funding to restart highly effective apprentice mentoring programs
- A tripling of the rebate to a total of $180 per child for each Kangaroo Island student participating in any annual school trip to Canberra for civic education
Speeches and Questions in Parliament:
- Higher Education Support Amendment (National Regional Higher Education Strategy) Bill 2018 (26 March 2018)
- Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment Bill (13 September 2017)
- Appropriations 2017-18 Bill (31 May 2017)
- Australian Education Amendment Bill (29 May 2017)
- Youth Week and Youth Connections (17 October 2016)
- Urgent need for 'Gonski-style' higher education review (19 October 2017)
- 'Real' Gonski win for Australian schools (21 June 2017)
I have also asked Questions in Writing on the following topics:
- Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) for Kangaroo Island students to visit Canberra