The IEU is yet to see a detailed breakdown of the new funding arrangements announced in the 9 May Federal Budget, and Secretary John Quessy said the Union must be consulted first about any changes impacting schools.
“We will be vigilant overseeing the way employers and the government handle the funding changes,” Quessy said.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned a small number of independent schools may receive a cut in funding per student.
Birmingham said a $39.8m ‘adjustment fund’ will be established to provide financial assistance to vulnerable schools. He acknowledged that schools with a high number of students with disabilities or small regional schools might be put under pressure.
Quessy said the IEU wants prior discussions before any changes proposed by the federal government or the employers affected school support staff.
The IEU is concerned that support staff in smaller independent schools in particular could be vulnerable to funding cuts, and Quessy said the Union would fight on their behalf.
“School support staff play a vital role in student outcomes and the day to day functioning of all schools, and employers must acknowledge this in their decision making process. The Union will continue to make this point,” Quessy said.
See ABC Facebook Live where Quessy talks with reporter Alison Branley about federal budget cuts to schools: