School Infrastructure NSW – at a glance
School Infrastructure NSW aims to deliver the best school infrastructure so that the NSW public education system is one of the finest in the world.
Schools Infrastructure NSW is a centre of excellence for the assets team to drive the planning and construction of school facilities in response to changes around population growth, new ways of teaching and learning, and social change.
School Infrastructure NSW is delivering once-in-a-generation school buildings, major upgrades and maintenance strategies through the biggest education investment in history.
The NSW Government's 2018/19 Budget includes $6 billion over 4 years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools. This includes an additional $160 million spend as part of the record $747 million maintenance investment announced last year.
Our aim is to ensure every school-aged child has access to high quality education facilities at their local public school. Our vision is to deliver the very best school infrastructure so that the NSW public education system is one of the finest in the world.
This is our big chance to renew and improve our ageing school buildings. It will change the way our classrooms are designed, creating open-planned, interactive and multipurpose indoor and outdoor spaces that includes state-of-the-art technology.
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NSW is experiencing extraordinary population growth in Sydney and major regional centres.
On current trends, Sydney’s population will double in size in just over 40 years. To put this growth into context, for more than 30 years, NSW public education has had relatively stable student numbers. We are now seeing the first major increase in the school-age population since the Baby Boom of the 1950s.
We need to build, upgrade and maintain our school infrastructure to plan for the growing number of student places required.
- There will be a massive 21% growth in student numbers by 2031 – nearly 1.5 million students over the next 15 years (an increase of 200,000 additional public school students).
- 80% of growth will occur in Sydney – particularly in urban growth areas.
- In many rural communities there will be population changes as families move to regional centres and larger cities. Other centres will grow and the needs of local student populations will change.
- Sydney’s population projections indicate growth will continue over the next 30 years – the equivalent of 7,200 extra classrooms by 2031.
Central to all this work is the need to ensure that schools respond to modern teaching methods and deliver flexible and adaptable learning spaces to meet the needs of our 21st Century students.
To address the enrolment and growth challenge we have a 10-year rolling capital works plan that provides the security to plan for the long term. This means we can get on with the job driving the planning and construction of school facilities in response to changes around population growth, new ways of teaching, learning, and social change.
27 April 2017
- Media release – New unit to deliver better school infrastructure
Population growth won’t be evenly spread across the state and there will be new demands on education facilities to meet the needs of a changing learning environment.
Instead of upgrading education infrastructure one school at a time, School Community Planning will assess schools within an area or region, to identify the best way to distribute student numbers and deliver new and upgraded facilities for the whole community. Existing sites may need to be redeveloped, or school catchment boundaries realigned so that all schools are fully utilised by area before brand new schools are considered.
Our work has oversight by School Infrastructure NSW Advisory Council, to ensure that education infrastructure needs are met with innovative and sustainable solutions that represent value for money.
The Advisory Council’s mix of private sector expertise and deep knowledge of planning, education, and infrastructure provision, will ensure that the task of upgrading existing schools to increase capacity, optimise resources and better use our education assets across each school, is achieved.