Quality Education

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I know nothing is more important to parents than ensuring their children receive a quality education.

That’s why the Albanese Labor Government is investing in Australia’s education system.

The Government is committed to making sure that every child has access to quality schooling from early childhood through to TAFE and university.


We’re wiping around $3 billion in student debt for more than 3 million Australians – more than 21,000 in our community alone.

To do this, we’re introducing HELP loan credits for people impacted by the recent inflation spike.

An individual with the average debt of $26,500 will be receiving a credit of around $1,200 this year.

We’re also making sure that student debt never grows faster than someone’s wages or ability to pay it off. Last year’s indexation spike wasn’t fair – under our changes, it won’t ever happen again.

You can find our more about how much you’ll save here. 



Having quality and affordable early childhood education helps the next generation get the best start in life.

So we've made child care cheaper for over a million families across Australia.

In July 2023, we increased the Child Care Subsidy and our measures have helped push the cost of child care down.

By delivering Fee-Free TAFE, in 2023 we saw over 19,200 enrolments in Early Childhood Education and Care. That means more educators to give kids more individual support.

You can find out more about how families across our electorate and Australia have benefit from cheaper child care at this link.


Barton is home to 52 schools, and everyday incredible teachers help give our young people the best start in life.

Schools play such an important role in our local communities. But they can’t do this without the right support. 

The government’s School Upgrade Fund is improving the facilities in Australia’s schools. Already it's helped several schools across Barton, with funding totalling $120,000. 

Our Government is also working towards fully funding Australia’s public schools.

We're committed to working with state and territory governments to get all public schools on a path to 100% of the School Resource Standard.


The Albanese Government's Fee-Free TAFE is helping more Australians learn new skills in areas where our community needs them most.

In 2023, over 350,000 Australians enrolled in Fee-Free TAFE. 

We're helping people acquire skills in areas where we're facing significant skill shortages.

This means more people in our community can get the skills needed to get meaningful work, well-paid jobs and career progression. 

To find out more about how you can access Fee-Fee TAFE, head to this link.