WA Budget: state to continue as biggest spender on education with announcement of $4.84b package

WA continues to top the nation in education spending, with $4.84 billion allocated for public school education in Thursday’s State Budget.

“Based on projected enrolments, the State Government will spend an average of $16,784 per full-time student in 2016-17,” Education Minister Peter Collier said.

It was also announced that $1 billion over the forward estimates would be used to improve school infrastructure.

That includes the creation of the new North Butler Senior High School ($67 million).

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the funding had been allocated to accommodate an expected enrolment growth of 13 per cent by 2021.