Every school to be upgraded
The Australian government has announced that it will spend $14.7 billion on the construction or refurbishment of buildings in every one of the nation’s 9,540 schools.
Facilities that might be included in the scheme include gymnasiums, libraries and science labs, as well as general classroom buildings, halls, etc.
Known as ‘Building the Education Revolution’, the scheme will commence in 2008-09 and will be rolled out over the next three years.
Under this initiative, every Australian school will receive up to $200,000, based on the size of the school, for maintenance and minor building works.
A key requirement of the package is that major facilities in primary schools which are built or upgraded with this funding, such as halls or indoor sporting centres, must be made available for community use at no or low cost.
The program will be delivered through cooperation between Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the non-government school sector.