Media Release

Wellbeing of Victorian School Children is Dire under this Labor Government 

The damning Allan Government’s Supply and Demand Report shows that Victoria’s teacher shortage will persist until at least end of 2028 with a shortfall of 5000 teachers, alarming already concerned parents and young people who expect high quality education in Victoria.  

Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Jasmine Yuen, said, “The flood of teachers leaving the State School system will continue to negatively impact education standards at a time when reports consistently show that the ‘Education State’ is struggling to maintain academic standards. 

“It is not surprising then, that we are witnessing a spike in private school enrollment, especially in faith-based schools. What parents desire for their children is that they have the opportunity to excel academically whilst being nurtured in a school culture that fosters good values that align with their faith. The State School system is failing Victorian families.” 

Yuen continued, “On one hand, the government is failing to maintain teacher/student ratios in order to ensure quality education in state schools. On the other hand, they are imposing unfair restrictions on faith-based schools under the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Law.  

“This failure has been compounded by the federal Labor government which has also failed to protect the freedom for faith-based schools and organisations to continue to operate. This is despite the proportion of students in Australia who attend non‑government schools increased in recent decades, from around 22% in the 1970s to around 36% in 2022. Over 40% of secondary school students in Australia are enrolled in non‑government schools (Catholic or independent). In fact, the proportion of students enrolled in Australian non‑government secondary schools is more than double the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, which was 18% in 2018. Over 90% of non‑government schools in Australia have a religious affiliation. 

The Australian Christian Lobby urges both the federal and state Labor Governments to respect and protect the freedom of faith-based schools in order to maintain high quality education standards and teacher engagement. 

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