The Budget 2023–24 invests in Australia’s education workforce, and works to build a better and fairer education system for the future.
The Budget provides targeted funding across early education, schools and higher education and invests in the skills-needs of early childhood educators to maximise the benefits for families from Cheaper Child Care.
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Early Childhood Education and Care
$72.4 million in early education workforce measures, including:
- $34.4 million to support professional development opportunities for up to 75,000 early childhood educators
- $33.1 million to support up to 6,000 existing educators as they work to complete current professional studies, and
- $4.8 million to help connect up to 2,000 students studying to become teachers with services, to complete work placements and strengthen workforce supply.
$2.8 million to improve access to early childhood education and care for vulnerable or at-risk children by streamlining the process for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Child Wellbeing) applications.Tell me more about changes for the vulnerable or at-risk children
Strengthening safeguards against Child Care Subsidy fraud and non-compliance so that taxpayers’ money supports the delivery of genuine early childhood education and care.Tell me more about changes to the Child Care Subsidy fraud and non-compliance
A further $9.3 million to support the delivery of the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan, including:
- national guidelines to better support early career teachers and new school leaders
- improving teacher workforce data to better understand future demand for teachers.
$40.4 million in additional funding to help schools in central Australia better engage with young people and increase school enrolment and education outcomes.Tell me more about increasing student enrolment and engagement
$70.8 million to fund a new middle years boarding school at Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) in the Kimberley, upgrade the Yiramalay Studio School and establish a new Indigenous Education and Research Centre as part of a revised scope for the Building Boarding Schools On-Country program.Tell me more about revising the scope of the Building Boarding Schools On-Country program
$32.8 million to enable the Clontarf Foundation to extend its program in 2024, supporting up to 12,500 First Nations boys and young men to improve their confidence, school engagement, Year 12 attainment and post school pathways.Tell me more about the extension of the Clontarf Foundation program
Strengthening safeguards in policy and financial assurance and compliance to ensure funding for non-government schools is appropriately used for school education.Tell me more about strengthening safeguards in policy, financial assurance and compliance
Higher Education and Research
$128.5 million to fund 4,000 additional university places over the next four years, to deliver graduates from STEM disciplines to support the nuclear-powered submarine program and broader AUKUS priorities.Tell me more about the 4,000 additional university places
An additional $4.3 million per year for the Higher Education Disability Support Program to better engage and support students with disability to access, participate, and succeed in higher education.Tell me more about funding towards the Higher Education Disability Support Program
The Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships program will be extended by two years, providing more time for women to study part-time under the program while managing competing commitmentsTell me more about the extention of the Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships program
2023–24 Portfolio Budget Statements
The Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) provide information on the proposed allocation of funds to achieve government outcomes. They include budget statements for the department as well as entities working under the portfolio. The statements provide information to assist parliament to understand the purpose of each outcome.