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P21 to deliver $1.4 billion to 776 Victorian schools to support jobs

Ministers:

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 at Chelsea Heights Primary School that 776 primary schools in Victoria will receive $1.4 billion for building major infrastructure projects under Round Two of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).

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.

P21 is one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution. The $12.4 billion P21 program will deliver much needed funding to every primary school for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms.

As part of Round Two, Chelsea Heights Primary School has been successful in receiving $2.5 million for the construction of a multi-purpose hall.

In Victoria, under P21, over $850 million (62 per cent) of funding will go to Government schools, $321 million (23 per cent) to Catholic schools and over $201 million (15 per cent) to Independent schools.

This comes on top of $686 million for 382 projects in 361 Victorian primary schools in Round One of P21.

The Rudd 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.

Round Two will deliver funding for approximately 40 per cent of all eligible schools and projects will begin as soon as possible.

Victorian schools yet to apply for funding under the P21 are encouraged to contact their education authority and submit proposals for Round Three before 10 July 2009.

The $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution complements the existing and planned investments by the States and Territories and non-government systems and 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 for the long-term.

Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $301 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 2273 primary and secondary schools across Victoria are already underway.

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.auor at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au