Release type: Media Release


Final Round of P21 Delivers $4.6 billion to Primary Schools


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

Joint Media Release with Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

The Minister for Employment and Education, Julia Gillard today announced the third and final round of funding under Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).

Today's announcement coincides with the release of the Commonwealth Coordinator-General's Progress Report for the Economic Stimulus Plan for the period 3 February - 30 June 2009 by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery, Mark Arbib.

The Australian Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important long-term infrastructure.

2746 primary schools will receive $4.6 billion for major infrastructure projects under the third and final round of P21 to support jobs during the difficult days of the global recession.

In total, P21 will deliver $14.1 billion for 10 701 projects in 7961 eligible primary schools across Australia to provide modern learning environments while also supporting jobs at a local level.

Through this investment, schools will have access to state-of-the art libraries, multipurpose halls, new classrooms and, in the case of smaller schools, covered outdoor learning areas.

The Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.

P21 will deliver:

  • $4.4 billion for 3494 projects in 2521 New South Wales primary schools
  • $3.3 billion for 2032 projects in 1844 Victorian primary schools
  • $2.6 billion for 2240 projects in 1474 Queensland primary schools
  • $1.2 billion for 934 projects in 693 South Australian primary schools
  • $1.5 billion for 1388 projects in 934 Western Australian primary schools
  • $360 million for 296 projects in 227 Tasmanian primary schools
  • $222 million for 186 projects in 164 Northern Territory primary schools
  • $223 million for 131 projects in 104 Australian Capital Territory primary schools.

Under P21, up to $8.8 billion (64 per cent) of funding will go to Government schools, $2.4 billion (18 per cent) to Catholic schools and up to $2.6 billion (18 per cent) to Independent schools.

The Government is working co-operatively with State and Territory, Independent and Catholic school authorities and school communities to get construction projects starting as soon as possible.

The $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

The Government sincerely thanks school principals and school communities around Australia for their enthusiasm for and commitment to Building the Education Revolution.

In line with recommendations from the Office of the Coordinator-General and to provide greater clarity to schools and school systems, the Government has today issued revised Building the Education Revolution Guidelines.

The report will be available from 11:30am.

A full list of P21 projects and the revised Guidelines will be available at: at: