Supporting the independent education community

Flawed and disappointing budget falls short

“In the midst of a recession, this budget is a disappointment,” says IEU NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam.

“It does nothing to advance universal access to early childhood education – an investment in our children that pays for itself as well as the strongest policy lever for women’s workforce participation. It’s a missed opportunity to inject funds into TAFE.

"There’s a lack of support for universities while fees for humanities degrees are doubling.


"There is nothing for the arts, nothing for social housing, nothing to spur wages growth, and nothing for those aged 36 to retirement.


"We had hoped for a fairer, longer term vision.”