Section 6(2) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act provides that mandatory access information is to be publicly available on the agency’s website unless to do so would impose unreasonable additional costs on the agency. Clause 2 of the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 requires that government departments make publicly available under open-access information a list of the department’s major assets, other than land holdings, appropriately classified and highlighting major acquisitions during the previous financial year and the total number and total value of properties disposed of by the department during the previous financial year.
In 2015 the NSW Department of Education had responsibility for over 25,000 items of major assets and properties. As at 30 June 2017, the Department of Education gross carrying amount (replacement value) for property, plant & equipment was $38.39 billion and when the accumulated depreciation of $16.11 billion is taken into account, the net carrying amount in the statement of financial position is $22.28 billion.
The department’s major assets and properties include:
- 1606 primary schools
- 65 central schools
- 113 schools for specific purposes (SSPs) and 23 environmental education centres
- 401 secondary schools
- 8800 hectares of school land
The department’s website provides a large amount of school information which can be viewed at http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-the-department.
Additionally, appendix 16 of the department’s annual report contains information about properties disposed of by the department for the reporting year. Please note that the while the department reports on a calendar year basis (January to December), financial information is usually collated on a financial year basis (July to June). Annual reports can be viewed at: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/how-we-operate/annual-reports.