Premier unveils $355 million job-creating schools package

Posted on February 15, 2021
  • $219 million package to upgrade schools across the State, creating 1,600 WA jobs
  • Upgrades include full redevelopments, new classrooms, sports facilities and performing arts centres
  • $96.8 million for STEM Classrooms at secondary schools across the state
  • $21.1 million Primary School Science program
  • $18.3 million for STEM and Science classrooms and equipment at District High Schools
  • Every single public school student in the State will have access to STEM education under WA Labor

Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled a $355 million plan to upgrade schools across the State and deliver quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in all public schools, creating 1,620 local jobs.

This builds on the $492.2 million Major School Upgrade package included in the WA Recovery Plan, the $200 million High Priority Maintenance program of 2019, and the McGowan Government’s strong record on STEM in schools, where it built science laboratories in 200 public schools and launched the first-ever State STEM skills strategy.

The package includes $135.5 million for major school infrastructure and rebuilds at 11 local schools across the State, delivering important upgrades at:

  • John Curtin College of the Arts – $21.5 million;
  • Mount Lawley Senior High School – $15 million;
  • Springfield Primary School – $15 million;
  • Darling Range Sports College – $12 million;
  • Byford Secondary College – $10 million;
  • Halls Creek District High School – $10 million;
  • Scarborough Primary School – $7.9 million.

The following schools will benefit from rebuilds and new and upgraded STEM classrooms:

  • $35 million for new STEM classrooms, science laboratories and infrastructure upgrades at Rossmoyne Senior High School; and
  • $13.9 million for a new sports hall and performing arts centre, STEM classroom and upgrades at Greenwood College.

A further $40 million will be investing into performing arts, gyms and sports halls, ensuring students have access to contemporary, top-quality facilities at school. Major projects include:

  • $8 million for a new sports hall and to modify the existing sports hall into a performing arts centre at Kelmscott Senior High School;
  • $8 million for a new sports hall with a stage and classrooms at Roleystone Community College;
  • $7.5 million for a new gymnasium at Melville Senior High School; and
  • $5 million for a performing arts centre at Balga Senior High School.

The package will deliver $39.4 million in general school infrastructure and maintenance, including new ovals, assembly areas, change rooms, toilet blocks, refurbished classrooms and canteens at schools across the State.

$2 million of funding will also be allocated to plan for future stages of Alkimos College and Yanchep Senior High School in the growing northern suburbs, and $2 million will be invested to deliver early childhood buildings at Camboon Primary School in Morley.

Building on its commitment to deliver an education for the jobs of the 21st century, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will fund an extensive building and refurbishment program of science labs and STEM centres across State high schools, district high schools and primary schools with over 100 students.

This includes $96.8 million for new and upgraded high school STEM classrooms and $18.3 million for district high school STEM and science classrooms and equipment for both senior and primary students.

Public primary schools will benefit from a new $21.1 million primary school science package, where those with more than 100 students which have not received a new science lab in the last four years will be eligible to refurbish and convert an existing classroom into a primary science room.

As part of the package, primary schools will also have access to $6.8 million worth of science resource grants to enable them to bolster their science education equipment and materials.

The science resources grants will provide the following for primary schools:

  • $5,000 for primary schools with up to 50 students
  • $10,000 for primary schools with up to 100 students
  • $25,000 science resource grant or $40,000 science resource grant for schools with over 100 students that do not have space for a science room.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Our school upgrades package continues our major investment in WA schools, to deliver a boost to the State’s economy and create around 1,620 jobs for Western Australians.

“Over the past four years, we have made WA schools a priority to create a better learning environment for WA kids, but also to create jobs in areas like builders, carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers.

“The quality of STEM education in WA schools has, and will continue to be a key priority under WA Labor.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue this work to ensure every student in WA has access to a great STEM education, regardless of where they live.

“If re-elected we will continue our efforts to elevate the presence of these important subjects in WA schools, from primary right through to the final years of high school, and will continue to deliver high quality school facilities for WA kids across our State.”