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Education - Trauma Programs

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Tags: Education, Schools, State Budget

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, last year's budget didn't include a budget line for trauma programs, but talked about an increase in total annual funding to $4 million a year. That was under the category, Inclusive school communities: supporting all students to learn. This year's Budget has a line that shows funding that moves from $1 million to $2 million a year. That's on page 90. It seems the professional development money runs out after 2022 and 2023. What happened to last year's goal of taking total annual funding to $4 million a year in the 2021 Budget?

Ms COURTNEY - Sorry, which line item are you looking at?

Dr WOODRUFF - Page 90. The three areas Supporting safer schools, Supporting students impacted by trauma, and Trauma informed professional development.

Last year the budget didn't have a line item for trauma programs, but it talked about increasing the total annual funding to $4 million a year. In last year's budget it said -

The importance of building on this initiative has been accentuated through COVID 19 pandemic…

And that funding through the budget provides for $1 million for the 2021 school year, with a further $1 million for the 2022 financial year. However, it also talked about increasing the overall total funding to $4 million a year.

Ms COURTNEY - The commitments we made in this Budget are in addition to those commitments that were previously made. Although it's not specifically in a line item, they are still there, so it was $3.6 million going up to $4 million each year. That is continuing. As outlined in the Budget Papers, we then have the $1 million, $1 million for trauma informed professional development; and the $1 million, $1 million, $2 million, $2 million for supporting students impacted by trauma. That's in addition to those initiatives from the last budget. The total funding across that envelope is $23.6 million. So they are in addition to that funding.