New and expanded schools
Delivering for our growing communities
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.
We deliver great local public schools for 49,152 students and also provide funding for 29,479 students in non-government schools. The ACT Government is determined to ensure each of these young Canberrans, their families and school communities get a fair deal as we transition to full implementation of the Commonwealth’s new schools funding model. We will continue to advocate on behalf of ACT students with the Commonwealth Government to ensure our local schools are properly funded and every student gets the support they need to achieve their potential.
Two new schools for Gungahlin
We will build a new pre-school to Year 6 school at Throsby and prepare for a new high school in Kenny to deliver more local public education options in one of Canberra’s fastest-growing areas.
These two new schools will ensure more Gungahlin students can continue to find a place at a great public school close to home, while providing important local facilities like ovals that can be used by the wider community. 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.
This investment builds on the delivery of the new Margaret Hendry Primary School at Taylor which opened this year, and the new Molonglo Primary School which is currently under construction for delivery in 2021.
More places for students at our local public schools
We are growing places for students at local schools across the city, through a combination of permanent expansions and flexible transportable buildings.
This will include expanding the Franklin Early Childhood School from a P-2 facility to a full P-6 school; expanding Gold Creek School’s senior campus and adding new teaching and learning spaces at Gungahlin College; and adding flexible classrooms to Hawker Primary School and Lyneham High School.
Through this year’s Budget we are also investing in detailed planning for future school needs in the city and gateway region – and other urban renewal sites – so we can keep making the right investments to deliver local school capacity where it’s needed.
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. This investment will continue our drive to make education more inclusive, and ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds or who have special needs can thrive at their local school.