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Working group to discuss Gonski capital funding findings



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Ministers' Media Centre Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio

Working group to discuss Gonski capital funding findings

Thursday 26 April 2012 Media Release

Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins [link:http://ministers.deewr.gov.au/collins]

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations •

A new working group, convened today, will consider the findings and recommendations of the Gonski Review in relation to capital funding for Australian schools.

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Senator Jacinta Collins, said state and territory government and non-government school representatives have begun important conversations on how we can collectively address the capital funding needs of Australian schools.

“It is clear our collective efforts should be directed at improving the educational outcomes of all students.”

“Good educational outcomes are in all of our interests and one of the take home messages from the Gonski review is that we, as a nation, need to work better together on a range of school funding issues, including capital.

“It is important we understand and address capital funding issues and the impact these have on the ability of all Australian school students to maximise their educational attainment.”

The working group will be looking at how best to:

include ongoing maintenance and minor capital works in a schooling resource standard • ensure infrastructure spending is more transparent; and •

match infrastructure spending with the needs of schools through planning. •

The Capital Working Group, made up of both government and non-government school representatives, will report to the Council of Australian Governments through the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood.

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Senator Collins said that while expansion of capital investment by the Australian Government is not envisaged, the Gonski review gives us the opportunity to work on governance and planning issues.

Let’s not forget that we’ve just completed the largest school improvement program in our history - providing new classrooms and facilities for every school in the country.

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