The State Budget for 2016 includes a record $3.528 billion investment in education and care to support South Australian children and families.
A key feature of the budget was the announcement of $250 million to build or refurbish existing STEM facilities across 139 of our primary and secondary schools.
Known as STEM Works the initiative will not only create contemporary facilities for student learning, but will also support jobs for local businesses and tradespeople.
Other budget highlights include:
- $10.6 million over 5 years to modernise the SACE including the move to electronic exams
- $15 million to consolidate the Families SA offices at Elizabeth, Gawler and Salisbury into one location at the former Smithfield Plains High School site
- $14.8 million to expand the network of children’s centres to 47
- $250 million low-interest loan scheme for non-government schools
- $17.8 million for the new CBD high school
- $4.5 million for compliance with the National Quality Agenda for preschools.