The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that 3 496 Australian schools will receive $439.7 million for 4 513 minor infrastructure and refurbishment projects under the second and final round of the National School Pride (NSP) program.
The Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.
Together with Round One, the Rudd Government’s National School Pride program will deliver $1.3 billion to 9 490 eligible primary and secondary schools in every State and Territory for13 176 projects to help stimulate jobs in every local community.
- 3 069 schools in New South Wales will receive $414.4 million for 3 612 projects
- 2 273 schools in Victoria will receive $301.3 million for 2 318 projects
- 1 060 schools in Western Australia will receive $137.5 million for 1661 projects
- 788 schools in South Australia will receive $102.7 million for 1 171 projects
- 1 722 schools in Queensland will receive $236.9 million for 3 823 projects
- 268 schools in Tasmania will receive $35.3 million for 273 projects
- 184 schools in Northern Territory will receive $20.1 million for 192 projects
- 126 schools in the Australian Capital Territory will receive $19.3 million for 126 projects
Many projects under Round One of the NSP program have commenced and Round Two projects will begin as soon as possible.
A variety of projects have been funded under this round, including the refurbishment of classrooms, gymnasiums, playing fields and playground equipment, refurbishments to special needs facilities and improvements for disability access, installation of waste water systems and solar panels.
NSP is one of three elements of the Australian Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution and will deliver much needed funding for school infrastructure projects and to support local jobs.
Under NSP, each eligible primary and secondary school will receive up to $200 000 based on the size of the school, for refurbishment and minor infrastructure works.
NSP builds on the Government’s commitment to make sure every school in Australia is a great school and that every child receives a world class education.
The Government sincerely thanks school principals and school communities around the nation for their enthusiasm for and commitment to Building the Education Revolution.
Under the NSP, over $882 million (70 per cent) of funding will go to Government schools,$248 million (20 per cent) to Catholic schools and over $137 million (10 per cent) to Independent schools.
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 like schools, for the long-term.