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Thursday, 4 February 2010
Page: 612


Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 19 November 2009:

With reference to the $14.7 billion in federal funding for school infrastructure, for each state and territory:

(1) (a)   How many school building projects have been approved; and (b) what energy efficiency standards did the Commonwealth require the relevant state or territory department to include in any tender and contractual documents for these projects?

(2)   Did the Commonwealth check that the tender and contract documents complied with these requirements?

(3)   Were these standards adhered to in the completed projects?

(4)   What was the auditing process to determine whether the standards had been adhered to?

(5)   If the standards were not adhered to: (i) why not, and (ii) what action will the Minister take to rectify this?


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   and (b) Funding of $16.2 billion for the Building the Education Revolution (BER) has been approved for 24,382 projects in 9,526 schools. This includes: - 13,148 National School Pride projects; - 10,697 Primary Schools for the 21st Century projects; and - 537 Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools projects. The BER Guidelines state that education authorities must ensure sustainable building principles will be incorporated into Primary Schools for the 21st Century projects and Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools construction and refurbishment projects. Sustainable building principles aim to maximise energy efficiency by including insulation, energy efficient solar hot water (where appropriate), energy efficient lighting, energy efficient glazing, energy efficient heating and cooling, and a water tank as part of design and construction. Attachment A provides details of sustainability measures for Primary Schools for the 21st Century projects which shows, for example, 92.2 per cent of projects have building insulation, 81.8 per cent have energy efficient lighting and 59.6 per cent have shading. For the Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools projects, 97.2 per cent have energy efficient lighting, 91.6 per cent have building insulation and 64.4 per cent have water tanks

(2)   The Commonwealth, states, territories and Block Grant Authorities (BGAs) have agreed to work in partnership to deliver the BER in accordance with the National Partnership Agreement on the Nation Building and Jobs Plan: Building Prosperity for the Future and Supporting Jobs Now. In context of the National Partnership Agreement, states, territories and Block Grant Authorities are responsible for implementing the BER program, including undertaking application and assessment processes, tendering and procurement activities and reporting requirements. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ program assurance framework includes monitoring of projects. Education authorities are required to report monthly to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on project progress, including commencement and completion dates. Education authorities also report on sustainability measures implemented for their BER projects once the construction or refurbishment project is completed.

(3) (4)   and (5) (i) and (ii) Education authorities identified sustainability measures in the application phase for Primary Schools for the 21st Century projects and Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools projects. They are also required to report on sustainability measures included in their BER projects when the construction or refurbishment project completed. As advised in Question 2 above, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ program assurance framework will be used to monitor implementation and education authorities will report on sustainability measures implemented for their BER projects once the construction or refurbishment projects is completed. Should the Commonwealth become aware that a BER project is not being constructed within the parameters of the project as approved, appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the funding agreement.

Attachment A

Sustainability measures by project

Primary Schools for the 21st Century - All Rounds

Note - projects may have more than one sustainability measure

Sustainability measure

Number of projects

Percentage of total projects

Building insulation

9861

92.2%

Energy efficient lighting

8751

81.8%

Shading

6382

59.6%

Water tanks

6148

57.5%

Energy efficient glazing

5215

48.7%

Other

2909

27.2%

Solar panel

2386

22.3%

Recycled/grey water

694

6.5%

Sustainability measures by project

Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools

Note - projects may have more than one sustainability measure

Sustainability measure

Number of projects

Percentage of total projects

Energy efficient lighting

522

97.2%

Building insulation

492

91.6%

Water tanks

346

64.4%

Energy efficient glazing

323

60.2%

Shading

273

50.8%

Solar panel

148

27.6%

Other

144

26.8%

Recycled/grey water

63

11.7%