School Investment Package
The School Investment Package announced by the Government on Sunday, December 1, 2019, provides most state schools with one-off funding to help them with property projects.
- About the School Investment Package
- When it will be available
- Types of projects that could be funded
- Application process
The capital injection seeks to accelerate upgrade works at schools that would otherwise be deferred due to a lack of available funds. As the package is focussed on acceleration, schools should in the first instance select projects from their existing 10YPP that can be initiated soon and delivered in the next 6-24 months. This provides more flexibility to state school boards on where they can invest.
Most state schools will be eligible to receive the School Investment Package funding. Schools not eligible to receive the School Investment Package funding:
- New schools opened since 2015
- Schools in leased facilities
- State integrated schools
- Public Private Partnership (PPP) schools.
The amount each school gets has been determined by their July 2019 school roll. See the list of schools and funding allocation.
Schools will get $693 per student, to a maximum of $400,000. Each eligible school will receive a minimum of $50,000.
Special schools will receive a flat rate of $200,000, to recognise the complexity and cost of special school property despite having generally smaller rolls.
Funds will be allocated to projects once they are agreed. Start dates for individual projects will vary from school to school, and work may begin as soon as quotes are agreed.
There is no cut-off date to access this funding, as project plans are already in place at schools as part of their 10YPP. This funding does not require schools to identify anything new, as, in most cases, the funding will deliver works that are already planned.
Prioritising acceleration could mean that some schools’ planned projects may not fit, as they may take longer than 24 months to deliver. In this case, we will work with these schools to identify other project(s) that could be delivered within this timeframe, that support their school vision.
This funding is for property upgrades, not property maintenance. Maintenance projects like painting, fixing broken equipment or repairing a broken pipe should be funded through the Property Maintenance Grant.
As the School Investment Package is an opportunity for schools to bring forward their discretionary projects and enhance their facilities for students now, schools should focus on projects that can be delivered in the next two years.
Projects will vary from school to school, but examples of planned works may include:
- Create more collaborative space by modifying the configuration of existing teaching spaces
- Resurfacing outdoor courts and paved areas
- Upgrading the school’s storm water drainage systems
- General landscaping and signage works
- Bringing forward or expanding classroom upgrades, to improve lighting, acoustics and ventilation
- Capital projects to keep existing pools fit for purpose (e.g. replacing a pool pump).
Schools don’t need to apply for the funding. The funding is allocated to each eligible school, as with the process for 5YA allocations. Our property staff will support schools to identify projects and delivery options, and the funds will be allocated once these plans are agreed. The process is as follows:
- Schools will be asked to identify a project in their property plans and discuss with their property advisor.
- The Ministry will review and confirm the project fits within the investment package criteria.
- School undertakes compliant procurement processes to engage Consultants and Contractors. Refer to Procurement process for school property projects page.
- Schools follow normal project management processes (including standard project forms) to deliver project in agreed timeframe.
If it makes sense for the Ministry to manage the projects, we can work with the school to develop a delivery plan.
If schools do not have a project planned already, the Ministry will work with the school Board to identify upgrade works that can improve the school environment for its students, in line with the school’s vision.
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