We know that Gonski funding is a once-in-a-generation chance to deliver greater equity in schools funding and real improvements for schools across Australia.
We also know that we will only be successful in our campaign if we make State and Federal Governments know that Gonski has too much community support to ignore.
The Gonski campaign is entering a new phase of building support for needs-based funding and putting pressure on politicians in the lead up to the next federal election (due in 2016).
The Australian Education Union is employing local Gonski campaign co-ordinators in 18 marginal seats – the ones that will decide the next federal election – and where major parties will be focusing their campaigns.
The coordinators’ job will be to engage local communities, educate the community about the importance of Gonski, coordinate local activities and put pressure on ALL federal election candidates to support the full six years of Gonski that we need to lift all schools to the minimum resource standard.
They will be out in schools, at P&C meetings, and in the community explaining why we need Gonski, and building networks of supporters who can get active and fight for Gonski.
If you live or work in or near any of the following federal electorates and want to get involved then visit our volunteer page.
NSW – Banks, Dobell, Eden-Monaro, Gilmore, Lindsay, Macquarie, Page, Reid
Qld – Bonner, Brisbane, Dawson, Forde, Longman
Vic – Corangamite, Deakin
SA - Hindmarsh
Tas – Lyons
WA - Hasluck
Why are we doing this?
Because we believe that the Gonski campaign is at a crucial stage and that local support is essential for its success.
Gonski has broad community support but we need to make sure that it becomes an election issue.
The only way to do that is to get out into the community and explain the benefits Gonski funding is delivering, and what schools can do, if they can get the full six years of extra resourcing.
While we are seeing improved results in States where extra resources have gone directly to schools (especially in NSW and SA) other States have failed to deliver.
Tony Abbott’s government has announced it will not fund his share of the last two years of the Gonski agreements, the two years where the majority of the funding is to be delivered.
While Labor says it supports Gonski in principle, we have still not got a commitment to honour the last two years of the agreements.
We want all political parties to go to the next federal election with a policy to honour the Commonwealth’s commitment to fully fund the six years of the Gonski agreements.
We are not a big corporation that has inside access to politics, we need grassroots support to put Gonski on the political agenda.
MPs and candidates have to know that there is real passion for Gonski in the community, and that we want bi-partisan support for needs-based Gonski funding.
This is the case in NSW, where a Coalition Government has led the way in implementing Gonski funding.
We have fought and won before, when grassroots support helped us get the original Gonski agreements signed in 2013.
Our nationwide campaign will continue, and the work of the local co-ordinators will help boost what we do across Australia.
We have come a long way in the fight for fairer funding for schools, and we have no intention of giving up now.