The Australian Education Union today released the detailed amounts of underfunding for every Tasmanian public school as a result of a Liberal state and federal government school funding agreement.

Three days out from the state election, the union representing teachers, principals and support staff want voters to know what is s at stake for their local schools and colleges.

The full table of funding shortfalls shows Launceston College is the biggest loser with an $11.5 million shortfall over four years.

Sorell School is underfunded by $6.3 million, Riverside Primary School by $5.9 million, Don College by $6 million and Lauderdale Primary School by $5.35 million.

“Every school should be provided the resources it needs to ensure every child gets the best education, regardless of their background or circumstances,” said Brian Wightman, AEU Tasmania State Manager and former principal.

“Liberal Party Ministers, at both state and federal level, have signed a funding agreement that leaves every Tasmanian public school and student short of the minimum resources they need to achieve their full potential.”

The Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) minimum school funding benchmark that Liberal governments have failed to reach is written into federal law and was developed independently by the 2011 Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling.

“Funding shortfalls hurt our kids – they mean students don’t get the extra support they need, teachers are overworked and children won’t achieve their best.”

“This underfunding is a huge failure from the Tasmanian Liberal Government – they’ve failed to stand up for Tasmanian children at the federal level and they’ve failed to meet the shortfall so our kids are missing out.”

“This is not about capital funding or one-off expenditure, this is about every Tasmanian school and child missing out every year – on average, every school is missing out on $630,000 every year.”

“For every Tasmanian parent, imagine what your child could achieve with ten percent more funding, what your child’s school or college could achieve with ten percent more funding – that’s what our vote4education.org.au campaign is all about.”

The Australian Education Union highlighted the impact of funding shortfalls with the equivalent teachers that could be employed if the minimum funding benchmark was reached for every school.

“Without this Liberal Party funding shortfall, we could have 1,409 additional teachers employed in our public schools – that’s seven and a half teachers on average, for every school.”

“Every school has different needs, for some it is additional teachers, for others it is professional support staff such as school psychologists. Some schools would run programs to help students who are falling behind and those that need to be extended.”

With the full Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) funding, the table shows Taroona High School could employ an additional 26.5 teachers, New Town High 16.7 teachers, Hellyer College 16.3 teachers and Queechy High an additional 16 teachers.

“Across Tasmania, public schools are making a significant difference in the lives of our children, helping to level the playing field, overcome disadvantage and achieve excellence for all. Imagine what we could do with the minimum funding we know students need to achieve their potential.”

“This election, vote for local schools and colleges,” said Brian Wightman.

The AEU has launched the vote4education.org.au website which lists 60 state election candidates who have committed to fully fund public schools and colleges.

 

For a searchable table that shows the level of underfunding for each school and college, click here.

Following is the funding shortfall for Tasmanian public schools and colleges by electorate:

Electorate Sum of 2020-2023 SRS + depreciation gap school total
Bass  $109,545,685
Braddon  $104,872,123
Clark  $101,773,863
Franklin  $83,959,071
Lyons  $73,027,430
Grand Total  $473,178,171

 

Funding shortfall for Tasmanian public schools and colleges

School Name Electorate  2020-2023 SRS + depreciation gap school total Additional teachers that could be hired without shortfall
Launceston College Bass 11,460,436 34.1
Taroona High School Clark 8,893,375 26.5
Hobart College Clark 8,459,923 25.2
Rosny College Franklin 7,419,959 22.1
Elizabeth College Clark 7,326,218 21.8
Sorell School Lyons 6,338,333 18.9
Don College Braddon 6,064,320 18.1
Riverside High School Bass 6,041,086 18.0
Riverside Primary School Bass 5,917,700 17.6
New Town High School Clark 5,592,411 16.6
Hellyer College Braddon 5,471,429 16.3
Queechy High School Bass 5,368,875 16.0
Lauderdale Primary School Franklin 5,350,447 15.9
Rose Bay High School Franklin 5,217,447 15.5
Kingston High School Franklin 5,151,748 15.3
Ogilvie High School Clark 5,015,543 14.9
Howrah Primary School Franklin 5,013,941 14.9
Montrose Bay High School Clark 4,996,314 14.9
Brighton Primary School Lyons 4,710,284 14.0
Ulverstone Secondary College Braddon 4,699,868 14.0
Penguin District School Braddon 4,594,109 13.7
Windermere Primary School Clark 4,581,290 13.6
Clarence High School Franklin 4,537,224 13.5
Burnie High School Braddon 4,488,350 13.4
Kings Meadows High School Bass 4,320,097 12.9
East Launceston Primary School Bass 4,315,290 12.8
Mowbray Heights Primary School Bass 4,268,820 12.7
Lenah Valley Primary School Clark 4,172,676 12.4
Summerdale Primary School Bass 4,041,278 12.0
Austins Ferry Primary School Clark 4,037,272 12.0
Port Dalrymple School Bass 3,917,892 11.7
Norwood Primary School Bass 3,876,230 11.5
Latrobe High School Braddon 3,865,814 11.5
Devonport High School Braddon 3,813,736 11.4
St Helens District High School Lyons 3,789,700 11.3
Reece High School Braddon 3,756,850 11.2
Nixon Street Primary School Braddon 3,748,037 11.2
Sheffield School Lyons 3,678,332 10.9
Bellerive Primary School Franklin 3,669,519 10.9
Dodges Ferry Primary School Lyons 3,651,892 10.9
Margate Primary School Franklin 3,599,013 10.7
Trevallyn Primary School Bass 3,584,591 10.7
Prospect High School Bass 3,541,326 10.5
Newstead College Bass 3,432,362 10.2
Spreyton Primary School Braddon 3,408,326 10.1
Illawarra Primary School Franklin 3,403,519 10.1
South Hobart Primary School Clark 3,401,916 10.1
Rosetta Primary School Clark 3,385,892 10.1
Ulverstone Primary School Braddon 3,361,856 10.0
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School Clark 3,326,603 9.9
Claremont College Clark 3,316,989 9.9
Brooks High School Bass 3,253,827 10.4
Exeter Primary School Bass 3,201,615 9.5
Huonville High School Franklin 3,167,163 9.4
Waimea Heights Primary School Clark 3,155,145 9.4
Princes Street Primary School Clark 3,078,230 9.2
West Launceston Primary School Bass 3,033,362 9.0
Somerset Primary School Braddon 3,023,748 9.0
Huonville Primary School Franklin 3,001,314 8.9
Parklands High School Braddon 2,940,422 8.8
Cambridge Primary School Franklin 2,917,989 8.7
Lilydale District School Bass 2,917,187 8.7
Mount Stuart Primary School Clark 2,833,061 8.4
Fairview Primary School Lyons 2,820,242 8.4
Taroona Primary School Clark 2,815,434 8.4
Burnie Primary School Braddon 2,813,832 8.4
Glen Dhu Primary School Bass 2,807,422 8.4
New Town Primary School Clark 2,799,410 8.3
Kingston Primary School Franklin 2,788,193 8.3
Deloraine Primary School Lyons 2,786,591 8.3
Montello Primary School Braddon 2,783,386 8.3
Latrobe Primary School Braddon 2,760,151 8.2
Glenorchy Primary School Clark 2,751,338 8.2
Snug Primary School Franklin 2,727,302 8.1
Lindisfarne Primary School Franklin 2,722,495 8.1
Table Cape Primary School Braddon 2,720,892 8.1
Hagley Farm Primary School Lyons 2,714,482 8.1
Montagu Bay Primary School Franklin 2,688,844 8.0
Punchbowl Primary School Bass 2,671,217 8.0
Miandetta Primary School Braddon 2,650,386 7.9
Woodbridge School Franklin 2,597,507 7.7
Invermay Primary School Bass 2,573,470 7.7
Lindisfarne North Primary School Franklin 2,552,639 7.6
Youngtown Primary School Bass 2,531,808 7.5
St Marys District School Lyons 2,512,579 7.5
East Tamar Primary School Bass 2,507,772 7.5
New Norfolk High School Lyons 2,495,753 7.4
JRLF – Senior School Lyons 2,469,314 7.4
Smithton High School Braddon 2,408,422 7.2
Romaine Park Primary School Braddon 2,408,422 7.2
JRLF – East Derwent Primary School Lyons 2,389,193 7.1
Cressy District High School Lyons 2,368,362 7.1
Devonport Primary School Braddon 2,281,832 6.8
Scottsdale Primary School Bass 2,278,627 6.8
Exeter High School Bass 2,272,217 6.8
Ravenswood Heights Primary School Bass 2,265,808 6.7
Port Sorell Primary School Braddon 2,261,000 6.7
Bayview Secondary College Franklin 2,248,982 6.7
Scottsdale High School Bass 2,230,555 6.6
Blackmans Bay Primary School Franklin 2,201,711 6.6
Moonah Primary School Clark 2,160,049 6.4
Albuera Street Primary School Clark 2,160,049 6.4
Springfield Gardens Primary School Clark 2,103,964 6.3
Deloraine High School Lyons 2,100,759 6.3
East Ulverstone Primary School Braddon 2,086,338 6.2
Boat Harbour Primary School Braddon 2,079,928 6.2
Bowen Road Primary School Clark 2,068,711 6.2
Goulburn Street Primary School Clark 2,054,290 6.1
Wynyard High School Braddon 1,993,398 5.9
Beaconsfield Primary School Bass 1,935,711 5.8
St Leonards Primary School Bass 1,935,711 5.8
Mount Nelson Primary School Clark 1,914,880 5.7
Richmond Primary School Lyons 1,906,868 5.7
Longford Primary School Lyons 1,863,603 5.5
Perth Primary School Lyons 1,858,796 5.5
Rokeby Primary School Franklin 1,841,169 5.5
Campbell Street Primary School Clark 1,841,169 5.5
East Devonport Primary School Braddon 1,775,470 5.3
Hillcrest Primary School Braddon 1,727,398 5.1
Campbell Town District High School Lyons 1,680,127 5.0
Tasman District School Lyons 1,676,922 5.0
Oatlands District High School Lyons 1,641,669 4.9
New Norfolk Primary School Lyons 1,634,458 4.9
Cygnet Primary School Franklin 1,621,639 4.8
South George Town Primary School Bass 1,613,627 4.8
Smithton Primary School Braddon 1,549,530 4.6
King Island District High School Braddon 1,519,085 4.5
Campania District School Lyons 1,475,820 4.4
Forth Primary School Braddon 1,475,820 4.4
Cosgrove High School Clark 1,461,398 4.4
Bridport Primary School Bass 1,448,579 4.3
Glenora District School Lyons 1,424,542 4.2
Mountain Heights School Braddon 1,400,506 4.2
Yolla District School Braddon 1,374,868 4.1
Evandale Primary School Lyons 1,360,446 4.0
West Ulverstone Primary School Braddon 1,347,627 4.0
Cooee Primary School Braddon 1,330,000 4.0
Warrane Primary School Franklin 1,326,795 3.9
JRLF – Herdsmans Cove Primary School Lyons 1,309,169 3.9
Risdon Vale Primary School Franklin 1,307,567 3.9
Forest Primary School Braddon 1,289,940 3.8
Molesworth Primary School Lyons 1,251,482 3.7
Andrews Creek Primary School Braddon 1,221,036 3.6
Triabunna District School Lyons 1,219,434 3.6
Waverley Primary School Bass 1,172,964 3.5
Bagdad Primary School Lyons 1,123,289 3.3
Goodwood Primary School Clark 980,675 2.9
JRLF – Gagebrook Primary School Lyons 964,651 2.9
Franklin Primary School Franklin 964,651 2.9
Westbury Primary School Lyons 959,844 2.9
Havenview Primary School Braddon 955,036 2.8
Glen Huon Primary School Franklin 922,988 2.7
Riana Primary School Braddon 892,542 2.7
Ridgley Primary School Braddon 890,940 2.7
Dover District School Franklin 784,380 2.3
Ringarooma Primary School Bass 778,771 2.3
Clarendon Vale Primary School Franklin 773,964 2.3
Flinders Island District High School Bass 756,337 2.3
Sandy Bay Infant School Clark 681,024 2.0
Dunalley Primary School Lyons 679,422 2.0
Winnaleah District High School Bass 677,819 2.0
Bicheno Primary School Lyons 665,000 2.0
Orford Primary School Lyons 608,916 1.8
Rosebery District High School Braddon 573,663 1.7
Geeveston Primary School Franklin 565,651 1.7
Bothwell District High School Lyons 560,843 1.7
Launceston Big Picture School Bass 558,440 1.7
South Arm Primary School Franklin 554,434 1.7
Edith Creek Primary School Braddon 530,398 1.6
Bracknell Primary School Lyons 507,964 1.5
Strahan Primary School Braddon 487,133 1.5
Zeehan Primary School Braddon 471,109 1.4
Stanley Primary School Braddon 461,494 1.4
Westerway Primary School Lyons 448,675 1.3
Mole Creek Primary School Lyons 413,422 1.2
Swansea Primary School Lyons 411,819 1.2
Collinsvale Primary School Clark 408,615 1.2
Sassafras Primary School Braddon 399,000 1.2
Bruny Island District School Franklin 318,880 0.9
Redpa Primary School Braddon 317,277 0.9
Kempton Primary School Lyons 238,759 0.7
Natone Primary School Braddon 233,952 0.7
Sprent Primary School Braddon 163,446 0.5
Wilmot Primary School Lyons 126,590 0.4
Ouse District School Lyons 100,952 0.3
Avoca Primary School Lyons 88,133 0.3
Cape Barren Island School Bass 36,855 0.1
TOTALS 473,178,171 1409.3