2018 Budget


WA’s public schools will be forced to operate with even less funding after today’s budget delivered an unsustainable 1.1 per cent increase to the education budget, which will affect the quality of education in both our public schools and TAFEs, according to The State School Teachers’ Union of WA (SSTUWA).

SSTUWA President Pat Byrne said for eight years teachers and classrooms endured cuts from the Barnett administration and now a Labor budget continued to devalue education.

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In their eight years of Government the former Liberal-National Government oversaw severe cuts to Education amounting to $230million and 1400 staff including 550 teachers.

As a result administrative workloads rose, classrooms at many schools are overcrowded, work-related stress increased, incentives to attract and retain regional staff were cut and job security decreased.

All of these cuts meant staffing reduction, reduced teaching, support and education assistant staff, fewer programs, increased class sizes and cuts to classroom resources.

So when we say there is nothing left to cut, we mean it.


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Why I wouldn't have given the Government a 'B' in education - Opinion by Pat Byrne


I read with interest a recent report card published in ‘The West Australian’ which stated that it was “hard to fault the performance” of this State Government in regard to education.

As the president of a Union which represents 17,000 public education and TAFE staff working in every school and campus across the state, I can tell you that our members do not agree with this analysis.

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