Labor promises $1.7 billion pre-school funding

The Federal Opposition has promised, if elected, they’ll commit $1.7 billion in funding for pre-schools or kindergartens across the country.

Labor Leader Bill Shorten will outline his plan today but the initiative is expected to extend 15 hours per week of subsidised early childhood education for three-year-olds for the first time.

Under the current model, four-year-olds have access to early childhood education but the program is funded year-by-year.


In a statement, Mr Shorten said this program is vital for social reform.

“This reform will see two years of early childhood education permanently embedded into our education system, in recognition of the importance of the early years of a child’s life,” he said.

Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth backed her leader’s plan, saying it’s an important change that needs to be made.

“This means over 700,000 Australian children will be able to access subsidised pre-schools,” she said.