ACT Election Announcements

Future of Education equity grants to give students a fair go

September 19, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will make sure that no child is left behind in our schools.

ACT Labor is committed to providing all students and their families, no matter their background, with the best possible start when it comes to their education.A $12 million Future of Education Equity fund will support disadvantaged families in local schools with their educational expenses.

A $12 million Future of Education Equity fund will support disadvantaged families in local schools with their educational expenses.

This include school uniforms, school excursions, sport equipment and activities and music lessons. 

Canberra families will be able to apply for $400 for preschool children, $500 for primary school children and $750 for high school and college students.

The ACT Labor Government’s Future of Education Strategy recognised that our priority in school education must be equity.

Now more than ever, we need a Government that is committed to supporting everyone in community through the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Labor Leader and Education Spokesperson Yvette Berry said having an equitable start to school is fundamental to educational and life outcomes.

“Labor is committed to providing students and their families with the best possible start when it comes to education and that’s why the ACT Labor Government provides every public high school student in the ACT with a Chromebook and all the tools they need for learning,” Yvette Berry said.

“Equal access to education goes beyond the necessary tools for learning—it’s being able to buy boots for footy, art supplies, or starting school with a new backpack and a fresh haircut.

"These additional things can have a tremendous impact on a student’s engagement in learning which ultimately means they will have better educational outcomes.”

ACT Labor has a strong record of supporting people in our community who need it most and only ACT Labor will support Canberra families as we recover from COVID-19.