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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

In 2014 Australia was ranked fifteenth overall in the Pearson index, dropping from our previous position at thirteenth in 2013, reflecting the need for education policy reform to keep up with the fast-changing global skills market.

Our most precious commodity here in Western Australia is our children and we have a responsibility to deliver a world-class education to every single child in the state.

The Greens believe that education is a public good and therefore the government has a vital role in ensuring that the learning outcomes from our schools, TAFEs and universities are not a reflection of wealth or location.

We need to incentivise and support our teachers, so that students can learn from the brightest, not only in Perth, but in our regional towns and communities.

We also have to commit funding to provide flexible learning programs for those student who struggle on their own in the classroom. 

It is important to foster a culture that values education, so that our communities continue to prioritise learning, even after students have left school.

This will ensure that professionals of all ages educated in Western Australia are appealing to employers, both here in Australia, and overseas.

Our curriculum, as well, must be a reflection of our cultural diversity, including the history, culture and contemporary experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Finally, we must work towards sustainable schooling by reducing consumption and waste, promoting energy efficiency, implementing renewable energy sources and educating our children on social and environmental responsibility.    



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  • To provide equitable access to a quality education for all students - including abolishing fees for students in public schools and Technical and Further Education (TAFE).
  • To provide specialised support for students with special needs, those at educational risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities.
  • To include the history, culture and contemporary experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the school curriculum, and the training and professional developement of educators.
  • Set the salaries and conditions of educators at a level that recognises their professionalism, training and the importance of their work, provides secure career structures, ongoing professional development, and encourages committed and capable people into the teaching profession at all levels of the education system.
  • To include education for environmental and social responsibility within the curriculum and to provide incentives and support for schools and colleges to reduce consumption and waste, implement energy efficiency measures and use renewable energy sources.


  • To ensure vocational education and training (VET) is publically funded and primarily provided through the public TAFE system and to phase out the public funding of privately provided VET where TAFE can provide the same educational and training outcomes.
  • To address the over-casualisation of TAFE teaching by introducing a benchmark of 80 per cent of teaching by permanent staff throughout public and private VET providers.
  • To ensure educators have a key role in developing and reviewing training packages.
  •  To substantially increase the availability of apprenticeships in rural and regional areas and other locations where there is a shortage.
  • To provide adult literacy and numeracy education programs.
  • To increase state funding for research in universities and for scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially students from rural and remote communities.


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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia