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Investing in WA Schools
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Investing in our Children's Education

The 2018-19 State Budget investment in public school infrastructure will create jobs for Western Australians and ensure students across the State are learning in the best possible environments.

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring our schools can continue to support the growing numbers of students in modern, first class facilities, ensuring all students – regardless of where they live – get a high quality education.

Education snapshot

  • Total $22.2 billion investment, over four years in WA education
  • $1.2 billion over four years to build and improve WA schools and ensure students learn in modern school facilities
  • $153.6 million over four years to build new primary schools to open from 2021
  • A total of $73.5 million over four years to fund the increased number of students attending public schools
  • $10.3 million additional funding for preventative maintenance in 2018-19 and 2019-20
  • More support for students – 100 education assistants employed in WA schools in 2018, with 100 more to come in both 2019 and 2020
  • Additional support provided for students in regional WA with extra Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers at 51 schools in 2018, and 74 schools in 2019
  • Independent Learning Coordinators located at 10 regional schools in 2018 to help Year 11 and 12 students studying through the School of Isolated and Distance Education
  • Eight Regional Learning Specialists allocated to the School of Isolated and Distance Education to provide specialist classes for Year 11 and 12 students
  • 100 primary school classrooms to be converted into science labs in 2018 and 2019
  • Additional teachers to support mental health programs in our schools

Investing In Schools Across WA

There is a record number of students in Western Australian public schools and the McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring our schools can continue to support the growing numbers of students in modern, first class facilities.

New Schools

New primary schools to open in 2020:

  • Baldivis North ($16.3 million)
  • Banksia Grove East ($18.8 million) with early childhood facilities ($3.2 million)
  • Byford South East ($18.9 million)
  • Caversham South ($17.3 million)

Following the opening of kindergarten and pre-primary facilities on these sites earlier this year, works will continue on new primary schools to open in 2019:

  • Aveley North Primary School, including specialist education support facility
  • Aspiri Primary School in Piara Waterst
  • Oakwood Primary School in Mandurah
  • Southern Grove Primary School

Construction of new secondary schools will continue at:

  • Inner City College at Kitchener Park in Subiaco ($67.8 million) due to open in 2020
  • Butler North ($52.4 million) due to open in 2020
  • South Baldivis ($48 million) due to open in 2019
  • Lakelands in Mandurah due to open in 2019

School Upgrades

Upgrades and works will take place at:

  • Yanchep Secondary College, second stage ($13.7 million)
  • Mount Hawthorn Primary School, continue upgrade ($4.5 million)
  • Camboon Primary School, upgrades ($250,000)
  • Tapping Primary School, continue upgrade ($400,000)
  • Shenton College, upgrades ($46.1 million)
  • Carine Senior High School ($18.8 million)
  • $1.85 million to upgrade administration facilities at Weld Square Primary School and Yokine Primary School
  • Redevelopment of Balcatta Senior High School ($50 million)
  • Southern River College, new and upgraded facilities ($8.4 million)
  • Perimeter fencing will be installed at Beaumaris Primary School and Currambine Primary School (total $400,000)
  • Darling Range Sports College, upgrades ($10 million)
  • Morley Senior High School, upgrades ($1.5 million)
  • John Forrest Secondary College, redevelopment ($50 million
  • City Beach Residential College, upgrades continue ($6.4 million)
  • Mount Lawley Senior High School, specialist facilities ($4 million)
  • Wanneroo Secondary College, upgrades ($5 million)
  • Kinross College, upgrades ($2.5 million)
  • North Morley Primary School, construction of new library continues ($1.5 million)

Planning and construction of new performing arts centres at:
  • Melville Senior High School ($4.5 million)
  • Ballajura Community College ($5 million)
  • Ocean Reef Senior High School ($5 million)
  • Belridge Secondary College ($5 million)
  • Belmont City College ($5 million)

Regional Schools

The McGowan Government continues to invest in public schools across Western Australia ensuring all students – regardless of where they live – get a high quality education.

Upgrades to schools in regional WA:

  • Planning will start for upgraded facilities at the co-located Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School – to improve classrooms and learning opportunities for students with disability ($9.8 million)
  • Cape Naturaliste College, continue second stage construction ($30.1 million)
  • Margaret River Senior High School, continue additional and upgraded facilities ($30 million)
  • Carnarvon Community College, construction continues for the final stage of amalgamation, ($26.6 million)
  • Collie Senior High School, construction of new classrooms and school upgrades ($7.5 million)
  • John Willcock College, completion of works and refurbishments ($17.2 million)
  • South Bunbury Primary School, upgrades to facilities ($3 million)
  • Construction will start of new early childhood facilities at Glen Huon Primary School in Eaton ($1.5 million)
  • Planning will start for an early learning building at Eaton Primary School ($3 million)
  • Upgrades at Bunbury Senior High School ($5 million)
  • Eaton Community College, new science facilities ($5 million)
  • Newton Moore Senior High School, new STEM centre ($3 million)
  • Broome Senior High School, upgrades and expansion ($19.3 million)
  • Mount Lockyer Primary School, upgrades ($3 million)