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UNIVERSITIES TO RECEIVE $42 MILLION FUNDING BOOST

3 Dec 2003, MIN 551/03

I am pleased to announce more than $42 million in capital grants funding for Australian universities to enable them to take full advantage of rapidly growing broadband communications infrastructure.

The Australian Government funding under the higher education Capital Development Pool (CDP) for 2006, will support electronic infrastructure projects leading to the provision of flexible, high quality services and campus developments in suburban growth areas and regional centres.

The large number of the ICT projects to be funded will enable universities to take full advantage of the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN) high bandwidth backbone currently being established across the nation.

These enhanced connections from their campuses to the AREN backbone will greatly improve universities’ ability to provide flexible, high quality on-line delivery of educational services with increased opportunities for collaboration.

Regional communities will benefit both from the building projects being funded at regional campuses and from the projects which will improve ICT infrastructure for regional campuses. These projects will enable regional campuses to communicate more rapidly and reliably with other institutions and to have greater access to on-line resources.

The CDP will also help to support the government’s policy to increase the numbers of health professionals in Australia through the allocation of funds for various health science facilities, such as Charles Sturt University’s School of Rural Health, and through funding to the three new medical schools at the Australian National University, Griffith University, and Notre Dame University.

A table setting out each state’s allocations for the 2004-2006 triennium is attached.

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Mark Giffard 0412 420 987

CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT POOL 2006 ALLOCATIONS BY STATE

NEW SOUTH WALES $m

Charles Sturt University

School of Rural Health, Thurgoona Campus, Albury 2.000

University of Newcastle

Support an e-Learning Region 1.400

University of Wollongong

Virtual Learning Environments &Visualisation Institute (VLEVI) 1.000

Australian Catholic University

Enhanced ICT Infrastructure between Campuses 1.280

University of New England

ICT for Student Learning Resources 1.000

University of Western Sydney

improved communications infrastructure across a multi-campus university 2.000

Sub Total 8.680

VICTORIA

Deakin University

Development of e-Campus 1.000

La Trobe University

Enhanced ICT Connections to Regional Campuses 1.010

Upgrade of ICT Systems for Regional Campuses 0.488

Monash University

Enhanced ICT Connections Between Campuses 1.650

University of Ballarat

Enhanced ICT Infrastructure for Regional Campuses 0.995

Victoria University of Technology

Collaborative ICT Infrastructure Upgrade 1.363

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Upgrade of ICT Systems for Regional Campuses 1.087

Sub Total 7.593

QUEENSLAND

Griffith University

Medical School, Gold Coast Campus 2.000

Academic Building 2, Logan Campus 2.000

James Cook University

IT Upgrade 2.000

Queensland University of Technology

ICT Link to Caboolture Community Centre 1.000

University of Queensland

ICT Upgrade at Gatton Campus 1.000

University of Southern Queensland

Wide Bay - ICT Infrastructure 1.210

Sub Total 9.210

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Murdoch University

University Learning Centre, Mandurah (Peel Region) 2.000

Edith Cowan University

Indigenous Centre, Mount Lawley Campus 2.000

University of Notre Dame Australia

Medical School 2.000

Sub Total 6.000

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

University of South Australia

Mawson Lakes Campus Development 2.000

Electronic Delivery Infrastructure 0.700

University of Adelaide

Enhanced ICT Connections 2.000

Sub Total 4.700

TASMANIA

University of Tasmania

ICT Infrastructure Connections between Campuses 2.000

Sub Total 2.000

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Charles Darwin University

Alice Springs Higher Education Centre 2.000

Sub Total 2.000

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Australian National University

Medical School 2.000

Sub Total 2.000

TOTAL 42.183