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Digital Education Revolution: Round Two now open, NSW secondary schools encouraged to apply

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, is encouraging eligible schools in NSW to be part of the second round of the Australian Government’s National Secondary School Computer Fund.

In NSW 441 schools can apply for this round funding, including 255 government schools, 112 Independent schools, and 74 Catholic schools.

The National Secondary School Computer Fund is part of the Australian Government’s $1.2 billion Digital Education Revolution, providing Australia’s secondary school students with information technology equipment for a world-class education.

Parents, teachers and students in New South Wales have welcomed the Rudd Government’s commitment to help bring our classrooms into the 21st century.

Outcomes from Round One, announced last month, delivered $116 million to a third of secondary schools across Australia. Across Australia 896 schools were provided with funding to 116 820 computers.

In NSW 455 government and non-government schools will benefit from Round One, including 302 government schools, 77 Independent schools, and 76 Catholic schools.

Round Two will enable the remaining two-thirds of Australian secondary schools to move to a target ratio of one computer to every two students. Approximately 1900 Australian secondary schools will be eligible to apply for grants in this round.

Applications for this round will close on 9 October and schools are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to enable schools to be advised of the outcome before the end of the school year.

The Rudd Government will continue to work with all State and Territory Governments and all State Independent and Catholic School systems to deliver the Digital Education Revolution.

Further information and application forms can be found at: www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au