School communities to make choices about what stays says MP

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry said the Partnership Brokers program had already had been extended by one extra year over its lifetime and was always meant to become self-sustaining.

"The program was initially funded until the end of 2013, but the program was funded for a single additional year with funding concluding at the end of 2014," Ms Landry (pictured) said.

"As planned, this program will be ending in December."

Ms Landry said since the beginning of the program, there had been an increase in schools funding by federal governments which allowed for states, territories and school communities to allocate money where it was needed most.

She said this would continue under the Abbott Government, as they invested $64.5 billion in government and non-government schools over the next four years.

"It is expected that the State Government as well as school communities, will make choices about what programs they wish to run to best serve their community's needs," Ms Landry said.

She said the recent 2014-15 Budget delivered funding for a number of new initiatives to provide more opportunities for young Australians to participate in education or employment.

These included: Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services and Indigenous Employment.



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