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Additional $807 million for Computers in Schools.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 30 November, 2008

Media Release

Additional $807 million for Computers in Schools

The Rudd Government will invest more than $2 billion in the Digital Education Revolution after agreeing to

provide a further $807 million to States and Territories for legitimate on-costs.

In March, the Council of Australian Governments commissioned a review of legitimate and additional

financial implications for the States and Territories arising from the implementation of the $1.2 billion

National Secondary School Computer Fund.

The Grimes Review was informed by submissions from State and Territory, Independent and Catholic school

authorities and found that a reasonable overall estimate of the cost of deploying each additional computer

stands at $2500.

The additional funding of $807 million will be paid before the end of the 2008-09 financial year.

This funding will cover the legitimate on-costs incurred for computers purchased through Round One as well

as future on-costs associated with subsequent rounds.

Computers provided under the Fund which are replacing those aged four years or older will continue to attract

funding of $1000 per unit as infrastructure is already in place.

Schools which have not applied in the first or second round for any reason, including uncertainty over the

issue of on-costs, will be given an opportunity to apply under a supplementary Round 2 process.

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The Grimes Review noted that the establishment of the National Secondary School Computer Fund by the

Rudd Government has provided a new funding source to support the acquisition of additional computers that

schools or education authorities would otherwise have had to fund from their own resources.

In addition, the Review emphasised that the costs identified should reflect the additional amount necessary

for school systems and schools to accelerate their overall provision of computers and should not displace

investments that State and Territory Governments, Independent and Catholic schools and school systems

would otherwise make.

The Rudd Labor Government established the National Secondary School Computer Fund to bring our

classrooms into the 21st Century. The Digital Education Revolution will ensure Australian students are equipped with the tools they need for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

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State Government Independent Catholic Total

NSW 188,569,500 36,405,338 60,062,850 285,037,688

VIC 118,861,350 24,896,475 41,599,913 185,357,738

QLD 103,898,700 26,514,713 28,412,738 158,826,150

WA 47,156,775 15,049,013 17,678,513 79,884,300

SA 37,799,363 10,938,938 9,983,175 58,721,475

TAS 12,107,963 2,177,288 3,343,050 17,628,300

ACT 8,281,388 4,264,313 2,441,288 14,986,988

NT 4,843,838 673,763 1,039,763 6,557,363

Total 521,518,875 120,919,838 164,561,288 807,000,000

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