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Supplementary Round Two Open for Applications

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today invited schools to apply for funding in the supplementary Round Two process of the Rudd Government’s computers in schools program.

As announced following the most recent Council of Australian Governments meeting, schools that did not apply in Round One or Round Two of the National Secondary School Computer Fund are encouraged to take this opportunity to apply under this supplementary Round Two process.

Schools will have until 11 February 2009 to lodge an application.

The aim of this round, together with Rounds One and Two, is to bring all secondary schools with Year 9-12 students in Australia, government and non-government, to a national target ratio of 1:2.

The National Secondary School Computer Fund will ensure all Australian schools with students in years 9-12 achieve a 1:1 computer to student ratio over the life of the program.

The Rudd Government will invest more than $2 billion in the Digital Education Revolution after agreeing to provide a further $807 million to States and Territories for legitimate on-costs.

This funding will cover the legitimate on-costs incurred for computers purchased through Round One as well as future on-costs associated with subsequent rounds.

The additional funding of $807 million will be paid before the end of the 2008-09 financial year.

Schools which did not apply in the first or second round for any reason, including uncertainty over the issue of on-costs, have the opportunity to apply under the supplementary Round Two process.

The Rudd Labor Government established the National Secondary School Computer Fund to bring our classrooms into the 21st Century.

The Digital Education Revolution will ensure Australian students are equipped with the tools they need for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

Further information about the National Secondary School Computer Fund is at: http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au