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The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring Western Australian public schools offer students the best possible opportunities to learn.

We continue to invest in high-quality infrastructure and facilities at public schools, while also ensuring there is support for students’ well-being.

This year, we are committing to provide further support for students with disability, while also increasing the capacity of schools across the State to meet future demand.

We are focused on building strong, safe and fair school communities – and this comprehensive investment is making sure we put young Western Australians on the best possible path to a quality education.

Education at a glance

The McGowan Labor Government is increasing funding for WA education in the 2021-22 State Budget - delivering $6 billion for Western Australian schools. This includes new schools and facilities, support for student mental health and well-being, and additional funding for students with disability and those who speak English as an additional language.

Responsible Budget management gives the McGowan Government the capacity to invest in vital services like education. In this year’s State Budget, WA students will benefit from:

  • $449.5 million for new and improved school facilities in 2021-22;
  • $104 million to support students’ mental health and well-being over the next four years;
  • An additional $170.1 million over the next four years to provide support for growth in numbers of students with disability;
  • $162.1 million increase in recurrent education budget this financial year; and
  • $18.3 million to ensure schools can continue an enhanced cleaning program for the rest of the school year in line with current COVID-19 health advice.

Investing in TAFE and training

The McGowan Labor Government came to office with a clear commitment to make training affordable and accessible for Western Australians.

We set about restoring and revitalising a neglected TAFE sector and since 2017 we have slashed fees, introduced free courses and invested in the biggest TAFE infrastructure program in WA history.

This has delivered strong results, with enrolments increasing significantly, putting more Western Australians on the pathway to quality local jobs.

Training at a glance

The 2021-22 State Budget ensures continued support for the training and skilling of Western Australians, providing access to quality jobs.

The McGowan Government’s investment will deliver on election commitments to ensure TAFE and training continues to be more affordable and accessible, enabling local people to find work in local jobs throughout the State.

$121.4 million in training initiatives in the 2021–22 State Budget include:

  • $29.8 million boost to provide 8,000 extra VET places for Year 11 and 12 students in schools;
  • $19.2 million VET career taster program for year 9 students;
  • $32.4 million to get 300 new building and construction apprentices and trainees working on State Government projects;
  • $25 million for state-of-the-art TAFE equipment;
  • $9.9 million to support TAFE college lecturer industry placements; and
  • $5.2 million to get 200 additional Western Australian apprentices above the age of 21 into quality training.
Page reviewed 9th September 2021