Year 12 attainment funding squeeze for South West LLEN

CONFUSION surrounds the future of a local network tasked with tackling the south-west’s poor year 12 attainment rate. 

The Commonwealth has pulled its funding to the Local Living and Learning Networks (LLENs), leaving only Victoria to provide a slither of cash needed. 

The chief executive of the south-west network, Toni Jenkins, said she was yet to see any official notice from the state government that it would continue to cover its share of the funding.

“My understanding is that they will fund the LLENs at the level they’re funded.” 

The south-west LLEN has led  the campaign to fix the Great South Coast year 12 attainment rate which is 57 per cent — 17 per cent lower than the state average. 

State and federal funding this year amounts to $13.3 million across Victoria. 

A spokeswoman for Education Minister Martin Dixon said Victoria would maintain its $2.3 million contribution. 

The South West LLEN has gained prominence in recent times over its efforts to combat the large number of school leavers. 

“We’re in the middle of a fiscal conundrum,” Ms Jenkins said.

The South West LLEN has offices in Warrnambool, Cobden and Colac, employing  eight full- and part-time staff.

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