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Fresh approach to delivery of new schools

 | 06 October 2014

An innovative approach to the provision of eight public schools in rapidly-expanding areas of Perth was announced today under Western Australia’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) for schools.

The State Government has called for expressions of interest from the private sector to design, build, finance and maintain the schools over a 25-year period, at an estimated capital cost of $370 million.

Four new primary schools will open in 2017 in Landsdale East, Alkimos South West, Baldivis North and Byford South West. New secondary schools will be built in Ellenbrook North, Lakelands, Hammond Park and Harrisdale.

The schools will be owned by the State Government, and the Department of Education will be responsible for all education services.

In addition to designing and building these new schools, the private sector will provide facilities management and maintenance services such as waste disposal, utilities management, gardening, cleaning and security.

PPPs are used successfully in all other states, with schools completed in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia under this model.

More information is in the media statement