The 2019 Budget maps out the next major phase of investment in local schools for Canberra’s growth areas. We are delivering new and expanded school facilities for every age group, from primary school through to college.
Two new schools for Gungahlin
The ACT Budget 2019-20 will get work underway on a new primary school in Throsby and a new high school in Kenny. The new Throsby primary school will be ready to take students at the start of the 2022 school year, while the new high school is planned to open in 2023. The two new schools will deliver 1,382 more places for students at great local schools in one of Canberra’s fastest-growing communities.
More places for students at our local public schools
Through this year’s Budget we are also investing to expand schools across the Gungahlin region. This will include delivering an additional 400 places at Franklin Early Childhood School and 200 more places at Gold Creek School’s Senior Campus through permanent classroom builds. We will also provide a further 350 places at schools in Gungahlin, Belconnen and the Inner North through flexible, high quality transportable classrooms.
Better classrooms for our students and teachers
We will upgrade the heating systems across nine ACT public schools including at Red Hill, Fadden and Lyneham Primary, Mount Stromlo High School and Hawker College. This will see aged and inefficient systems replaced with low to zero emission heating systems.
This will support emission reductions towards the ACT Government’s ambitious goal of zero net emissions by 2045, as well as managing energy costs. This program will also provide energy efficient upgrades including double-glazed windows, insulation and draught-proofing to create a more comfortable environment for students and staff.
More support to meet individual student needs
To ensure that all Canberra school students are well supported by active and engaged teachers, we will hire the equivalent of 92 teachers and learning support assistants to respond to growth in student numbers for 2019-20 and beyond.
This will also see a boost to the supports available for students with diverse needs, including those with a disability. The ACT Government is committed to ensuring every child and young person gets a quality education no matter their circumstances.
A stronger education sector delivering opportunity for all
The 2019-20 ACT Budget continues to strengthen our investment in education from early learning through to post-school qualifications, including by:
- Progressing the delivery of the ACT Early Childhood Strategy by funding initiatives arising from the first phase of the strategy. The strategy will set the ACT up for long-term success by giving structure to the early childhood sector and strengthening connections with our school system. This investment demonstrates our commitment to giving every child an equal start to their education.
- Providing accelerated pathways for gifted and talented students in disciplines such as behavioural science, design, psychology, commerce and exercise science through a partnership with the University of Canberra. This will add to the range of extension courses on offer through the ACT Government’s existing partnership with the Australian National University.
- Boosting skills for Canberra workers and young people leaving school through the Future Skills for Future Jobs grant program. The program will support industry projects that help increase Australian Apprenticeship commencements, and create new pathways for work-related training in the ACT.
- Investing in better learning spaces at CIT Fyshwick to give Canberra’s future tradespeople access to more modern workshops where they can get better hands-on training in simulated work environments.
We are also leading by example in delivering more local secure jobs within the Education Directorate. We will transition externally contracted school cleaning services to a Territory-run service by establishing a cleaning workforce within the directorate. This will deliver better job security and working conditions for our hard-working school cleaners.
Through the 2019 ACT Budget, the Government is building for the future by delivering the investment we need today to ensure every student can continue to find a place at a great local school close to home, and all young people are supported to achieve their full potential.