Release type: Media Release


$828 million Round One of National School Pride program


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that 5,965 Australian schools will receive $828.16 million in funding for minor infrastructure and refurbishment projects under Round One of the National School Pride program.

The National School Pride program is a component of the Australian Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution.

The National School Pride program builds on the Rudd Government’s commitment to make sure every school in Australia is a great school and every child receives a world class education.

The $1.3 billion National School Pride program will deliver much needed funding for school maintenance and importantly, support local jobs.

These projects will create demand for tradespeople in thousands of communities across Australia.

Under this program, every Australian school will receive up to $200,000, based on the size of the school, for maintenance and minor building works.

Construction and maintenance work will commence as soon as possible, with many of the National School Pride projects scheduled to begin as early as this month.

Round One funds 8,663 projects in eligible schools across Australia. A variety of projects have been funded including the refurbishment of playing fields, construction of outdoor shaded areas, repairs to roofs and gutters, installation of water tanks and insulation and upgrading of canteens and kitchens.

Applications for Round Two close on 8 May 2009 and will see remaining eligible schools access funding.

Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

As a nation it is critical that we continue to invest in the future and in the education of our people, especially in these difficult times.

Funding will begin to flow as funding agreements are signed by each State and Territory Government.

Further information on Building the Education Revolution including a list of successful schools will be available at:

  • Percentage of funding per state/territory education sector - Round one ( PDF 97KB)