The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has today released the full list of 1499 primary schools to receive $2.8 billion for major new infrastructure projects under Round One 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.
P21 will deliver new libraries, multipurpose halls including gymnasiums, indoor sporting centres and assembly halls, new classrooms, performing arts centres and, in the case of smaller schools, covered outdoor learning areas.
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 One will deliver funding for 2010 projects in schools across Australian, approximately 20 per cent of all eligible schools.
Applications for Round Two close on 15 May 2009, with 40 per cent of eligible schools to receive funding. Round Three applications close on 10 July 2009 with the remaining 40 per cent of eligible schools having access to the funding.
In Round One of P21, almost $2 billion or 70 per cent of funding will go to Government schools, almost $474 million (17 per cent) to Catholic schools and less than $382 million (13 per cent) to independent schools.
Construction and refurbishment work will commence as soon as possible. Many of the P21 projects are scheduled to commence this month, providing immediate support for local jobs.
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 like schools, for the long-term.
Almost 70 per cent of the stimulus package is being directed to important infrastructure like schools delivering around 35,000 individual construction projects around the country which will support jobs.
Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $828 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in almost 6000 primary and secondary schools across the country, are already underway.