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Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview



Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview

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Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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14 BUDGET 2014-15 Budget Overview Education and Training The 2014-15 Budget supports Territory students and families to maximise educational outcomes, reduce cost of living pressures on families and support post-school education. Improving Educational Facilities The 2014-15 Budget provides new, and upgrades existing, school infrastructure across the Territory. New infrastructure projects include providing additional classrooms and educational facilities and new services to support special needs students. The 2014-15 Budget provides $83.9 million for new education-related infrastructure priorities, including: $5million to construct boarding facilities to provide bush students improved access to secondary education, being the first year of a four-year, $40.5 million program; $1.2 million to extend Rosebery Preschool to provide additional enrolment places; $11.6million for construction of the Northern Territory Open Education Centre, including a $3million contribution from INPEX; $5.2million for extra classroom space and related works at Maningrida, Galiwinku, Borroloola, Ntaria and Alekarenge schools to meet higher student attendance needs; $1.2 million for the redevelopment of the Batchelor Outdoor Education Centre; $1 million to extend the preschool at Durack Primary School; and $1.5 million to provide two permanent classrooms and a flexible learning space at Larrakeyah Primary School. In addition to infrastructure funding in the 2014-15 Budget, the government has committed to new facilities over the next four years, including: $37million over two stages for a new preschool and primary school in Zuccoli; $20million for a new special school in Bellamack; and $10million for special school infrastructure in the northern suburbs. The 2014-15 Budget includes $9.2 million for minor new works in 44 schools across the Territory, including: $1.2million to install and upgrade playground equipment and outdoor learning areas in schools across the Territory; $1.63million to resolve flooding and drainage issues and upgrade ablutions at schools across the Territory; $0.45million to install and upgrade basketball and netball courts at CentralianSenior College, Darwin Middle School, Wagaman Primary School and Woolianna School; $0.3million for disabled and special needs access modifications in schools across the Territory; $0.45million to improve parking, security and access at Sanderson Middle School; Education Reform The 2014-15 Budget includes $17million over three years to support implementation of a suite of reforms, such as the independent public schools initiative and global school budgeting. The reforms will increase school autonomy by facilitating greater local decision making to improve school performance, school leadership and teaching quality. The reforms are being supported by a review of the Education Act, which presents an opportunity to introduce the best elements of successful initiatives and reforms in other jurisdictions and internationally that have shown evidence of improving education outcomes.