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P21 delivers $6.3 billion to 3716 primary schools to support Australian jobs.



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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

14 June, 2009

Media release

P21 delivers $6.3 billion to 3716 primary schools to support Australian jobs

The Minister for Education and Employment, Julia Gillard has announced that 3716 Australian primary schools will receive $6.3 billion for major infrastructure projects under Round Two of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) to support local jobs.

The Rudd Government is unashamedly undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long-term infrastructure.

With one round remaining (Round Three), P21 will have to date delivered $9.1 billion to 5215 eligible primary schools for 6983 projects to help stimulate jobs in every local community.

In the next 12 months there will be over 23 000 projects in around 9500 schools across the country.

The Government sincerely thanks school principals and school communities around Australia for their commitment to and enthusiasm for Building the Education Revolution.

The Rudd Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.

The $12.4 billion P21 element of the $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution will deliver much needed funding to schools for 21st Century libraries, multipurpose halls, classrooms and covered outdoor learning centres.

Under Round Two of P21, up to $4.2 billion (66 per cent) of funding will go to Government schools, $1.3 billion (20 per cent) to Catholic schools and $894 million (14 per cent) to Independent schools.

The Guidelines for the Building the Education Revolution are clear and were developed to ensure that this investment supported as many jobs, in as many communities and as quickly as possible, to cushion the effects of the global recession on the Australian economy.

The Guidelines state that wherever possible, new buildings and refurbishments should incorporate sustainable building principals and be designed to maximise energy efficiency.

The Guidelines also make it clear that for planned amalgamations, the indicative funding allocation for the school to be merged can be combined and used for capital or refurbishments in the new school.

The Rudd Government is working co-operatively with State and Territory, Independent and Catholic school authorities to deliver the biggest school modernisation program the nation has ever seen to support jobs during the days of the global recession.

Applications for the third and final Round Three close on 10 July 2009 and will see all remaining eligible Australian schools receive funding.

Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

A copy of the Building the Education Revolution Guidelines are also available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au

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