The 2008-09 Budget is today delivering the Rudd Government’s Education Revolution election commitment to rebuild Australian schools for the future.
In the next financial year, the Rudd Government will spend $457 million on school capital works. Over four years, we will spend a total of $1.7 billion on maintenance and infrastructure in our schools.
In addition, the Rudd Government will invest $62.5 million over four years in the new Local Schools Working Together pilot program. This will encourage government and non-government schools to build and share state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of local communities.
Over the next four years, the Government will deliver $481 million to the Solar Schools Program.
A further $2.5 billion will be provided over the next 10 years for the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program in secondary schools across the nation.
These new programs, and the commitment to provide $457 million for capital works over the next twelve months, will ensure that all Australian students have access to the best available resources and learning opportunities.
The Rudd Government knows that access to appropriate and modern facilities underpins a world-class education for all Australian primary and secondary school students.
Capital funding will be distributed in a fair and equitable fashion. Additional assistance will be provided to the many schools in remote and low-socioeconomic areas.
No Australian student should be disadvantaged when it comes to receiving a quality education.
The Government will continue to work closely with state, territory and non-government education authorities to deliver world class facilities for all Australian students.