Getting a good education has always been considered important to ensure you get the best possible start in life. Unfortunately in many cases it is still difficult to obtain the necessary funds to further your education and improve your career prospects.
This is why it is important to be aware of what services you can access and how new regulations may affect you.
Keeping Up To Date With The Latest Changes
2017 was a year that focused on child care subsidies. This was a great move to help any Australian parent get ahead with job prospects.
The basis of the reforms revolved around making child care more affordable which allows parents to return to work.
But this approach does more than just help parents to return to work. There is evidence that funded pre-school can improve the ability of children to learn.
This is likely to remain a hot topic as many other developed countries offer significantly more preschool funding and it does affect the long term prospects of children.
But it’s not just young children that are getting ahead through the increase in investment by the government.
2017 saw funding debates for schools although it was pleasing to note that Australia was ranked 10th out of 72 countries on the PISA collaborative problem solving test.
Higher Education And Adult Needs
One of the key differences that are really helping Australians to get ahead is the introduction of grants for work-ready courses. You’ll need to prove you’re eligible by answering a few simple questions; you’ll then get funded to complete a course that will give you all the skills you need to start working in your chosen field.
This is a fantastic way for you to retrain and start improving your life prospects while continuing to complete your existing job.
If you’re in education or have already left but want to do more with your life this is the way to go; especially if the grant pays for all or most of your tuition fees.
The Government & Education
The government has gradually taken more of an interest in education and the funding available. This is simply an acknowledgement of the importance of education.
While every state has complete control over registration and regulations of schools in their area the funding of these schools is a shared responsibility with the government.
In reality the government is the major funder of non-government schools while the individual states are the majority funders for the government schools.
This is helping to keep schools alive and operational in towns across the country.
The government spending on schools has increased over the last 10 years. In order to keep the system fair a new funding model has been created to ensure government and non-government schools have the funding they need to provide the best possible education.
This is the first step for every Australian looking to get ahead.
Adults looking to retrain or further their education must check out which grants are available to them locally; it can make a significant difference to the cost of getting ahead.