►Warren Snowdon and Labor are committed to giving every Territory child a great education.
Labor is delivering new school classrooms, libraries and other facilities, computers in Territory schools, funding for innovative new learning and more Trades Training Centres to prepare students for jobs.
The Government is also commited to an ambitious reform agenda for our nation's schools, combining Australia's first ever National Curriculum and new performance rewards for schools and teachers getting better education outcomes for their students.
► You can read more about Labor's education reforms by clicking here.
New facilities for Lingiari teachers and students
The Labor Government is investing in new and improved school infrastructure all over the Territory, with more than $184 million in funding dedicated to 298 projects in Lingiari alone as part of the Building the Education Revolution program. This is a key part of the Government's Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan to support our economy through the global recession. The initiative is the largest-ever program of school infrastructure construction in Australia's history.
These new facilities will support a better education for students in Lingiari and make it easier and more enjoyable for teachers to educate our youth. Projects include:
- New covered outdoor learning areas for students to learn and play
- Multi purpose halls for teaching and sports
- New libraries, classrooms and science labs
- Landscaping of school grounds
This initiative has also created and maintained hundreds of jobs across the Territory by generating business for local firms.
►You can find out about the projects in benefiting your local community by visiting the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan website.
Reforming the System
Empowering Local Schools
The Government is committed to giving Lingiari principals and parents a greater say in how schools are run. As part of the package of school reforms announced during the 2010 Federal Election, participating schools will have greater responsibility over school budgets, selecting and employing teachers and staff and identifying funding priorities.
Instead of teachers being burdened by administrative duties, they can focus on teaching. Principals will have the authority to use site managers, business managers and administration staff to handle operational matters, so they can focus on school leadership.
The Empowering Local Schools program will be rolled out from 2012, with 1,000 schools nationally participating in the program.
A National Curriculum for Australia
The Government is committed to delivering a national curriculum for Australian schools.
Australia needs a national curriculum for school students rather than the eight separate curricula that currently exist. A national curriculum will make it clear to students, parents and teachers what will be taught at every year level, regardless of location. Combined with a new focus on helping the most disadvantaged schools raise their educational performance, this will ensure that students in Lingiari will not be left behind by the rest of Australia.
Every year over 80,000 students move interstate, many of them to and from the Territory. Acknowledging the disruption this can cause to kids' education, the Government's plans for a national curriculum will deliver certainty and quality for students, teachers and parents.
►You can have your say on the draft K-10 curriculum for core subjects such as Maths, English, History and Science by visiting the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Agency.
It's important that we get as many viewpoints as possible from the community as the Government works towards a final curriculum.
Investing in skills and training
The Labor Government is also concentrating on helping people in Lingiari continue building their skills and knowledge after they leave school and on the job with a range of programs supporting trades training, apprenticeships, university and vocational courses.
$4.5 million is being invested by the Federal Labor Government in new training facilities for the delivery of Community Services, Aged Care, Oral & Health programs at Charles Darwin University's Alice Springs and Katherine campuses. The Government is investing a further $2 million to upgrade TAFE facilities at Casuarina, Palmerston, Katherine, Mataranka and Alice Springs.
The Government's $660 million Skills for Recovery package will benefit business and young people in Lingiari, making it easier for employers wanting to hire skilled workers and those seeking to learn a trade to do so.
Lowering the cost of training, for apprentices and businesses
Getting a trade can be costly for both an apprentice and their employer, and that's why the Labor Government is committed to lowering the cost of training.
Small and medium business that took on an apprentice between 12 May and 12 November 2010 may benefit from the extension of the Apprentice Kickstart Program, which provides $3,350 in bonus payments in addition to the $1,500 commencement incentive per school leaver taken on. ► To enquire about your business' eligibility for the Apprentice Kickstart Program, contact the Australian Apprenticeships Referral Line on 13 38 73.
Trades Income Bonus: taking financial pressure off apprentices
From 1 January 2011, trade apprentices in Lingiari will receive up to an additional $1,700 tax exempt bonus as they reach milestones in their training.
The Trades Apprentice Income Bonus means that trade apprentices will receive a $5,500 tax exempt bonus over the course of their training that they can use to purchase tools, service their ute, pay for registration and insurance and meet other expenses.
The Bonus will be paid on top of the existing Tools for Your Trade payments. This meants that as trade apprentices like carpenters, bricklayers and motor mechanics reach milestones each year they will get an additional:
- $200 bringing the 12 month payment to $1,000.
- $200 bringing the 24 month payment to $1,000.
- $500 bringing the 36 month payment to $1,200.
- $800 bringing the completion bonus to $1,500.
An additional 50,000 apprentices around Australia are expected to start and stick with their apprenticeship by 2014 as a result of this program, and will make learning a trade easier for Lingiari locals as well as making more skilled labour available for Lingiari businesses.
Trades Training Centres in Schools
The Labor Government is making it easier for Territorians to learn a trade right in their local high schools, with the construction of six trades training centres in Lingiari being funded under Labor's Trades Training Centres in Schools Program.
The Trades Training Centres in Schools Program aims to help address national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by improving trades training programs in secondary schools. The Government has committed $2.5 billion over ten years to enable all high school students to access vocational education through Trades Training Centres.
Lingiari's Trades Training Centres:
- Groote Eylandt
- Tennant Creek
- Bathurst Island
More funding for childcare
Part of the Government's $59.4 million package to improve the quality of child care services in regional and remote Australia will go to 48 child care centres in Lingiari, mostly located in remote Aboriginal communities. These funds will help child care staff improve their skills and qualifications, build new infrastructure, deliver upgrades for existing facilities and provide governance support.
This initiative will also increase opportunities for locals to get trained and employed to provide care for young kids in Lingiari.
►For a list of child care centres benefiting in Lingiari, please click here.