The first round of the $15 million infrastructure grant program for non-government schools is complete and five schools across Canberra will receive funding to support infrastructure upgrades.
During the 2016 election, the ACT Government committed to providing $15 million for infrastructure grant funding over four years for non-government schools, consistent with needs-based funding principles.
In this first round of the program, $3.75 million will be provided across Emmaus Christian School, Holy Family Primary School, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Taqwa School, and Blue Gum Community School to assists in upgrading their infrastructure.
Applications were assessed with a focus on upgrades that increase capacity and amenity of schools and which improve accessibility to disadvantaged groups. This includes students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, students with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and students with a low-level of English language proficiency.
The second round of the program will begin in 2020 and will provide further support to non-government schools to increase capacity and improve facilities for the next generation of students in the ACT.
This investment is on top of the ACT Governments $85 million investment for public school infrastructure upgrades that was committed to in the 2016 election and funded in the 2017 Budget.
The ACT Government is committed to continuing to improve accessibility and quality of school facilities across the Territory to provide good educational outcomes to all students in the ACT.