Australia should provide an affordable, world class education system that gives all Australians the skills and attributes they need to flourish in society.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:
- Provide access to affordable and reliable child care and early childhood education, where needed.
- Maintain strong funding for public schools.
- Prioritise needs-based education funding and teacher quality across the education system.
- Maintain and enhance comprehensive sustainability and environmental education programs in school curricula.
- Maintain and enhance comprehensive civics (civil society studies) in school curricula, being the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties, and the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.
- Encourage small class sizes in order to better enable teachers to help all students achieve their potential.
- Offer free tertiary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.
- Reduce all current HECS debts by 50 per cent, where the remaining balance is paid within 24 months of policy implementation.
- Reduce all TAFE and university higher education fees by 50 per cent, whilst restoring proper government funding.
- Better invest in University and institutional science and technology research and development to enhance Australia’s creativity, innovation and productivity.
- Restore proper funding to universities in order to compensate for any fall in international student demand aligned to immigration objectives.(1)
- International students whose intention is immigration are a false economy, as their contribution to population growth costs far more, including in infrastructure requirements and youth unemployment, than their fees contribute.
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