Around 164,000 more students are forecast to enter government schools by 2031. Growing our education system is key to ensuring the educational success of students across New South Wales. The 2018-19 Budget builds on our State’s existing record investment in schools, classrooms and educational programs.
The NSW Government is also boosting investment in its teachers, both by increasing their number and through their continued education and development to maintain the high quality of NSW teaching.
The Government is planning and delivering more than 170 new or upgraded schools to accommodate strong enrolment growth, at an estimated cost of $6.0 billion over four years. These projects will deliver more permanent classrooms and additional student places and include:
- commencing work in 2018-19 on more than 40 new and upgraded school projects and beginning planning on more than 20 new schools and upgrades
- continuing works on more than 110 ongoing new and upgraded schools projects
In addition, the NSW Government has earmarked funds for the following initiatives:
- $197.8 million over four years to extend the Start Strong program, extending it to three-year olds – the first state in Australia to do so. This will help families with the cost of early education as well as building the best foundations for school for children
- $500.0 million over five years to provide cooling for schools through the installation of reverse cycle air conditioning
- $160.0 million in 2018-19 to address planned maintenance across NSW schools
- $30.0 million over four years to open school playgrounds and sporting facilities for community use on weekends and during school holidays through the Share Our Space program.