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Public school and preschool utility costs to be covered

11 May 2017

Our public schools and preschools will have more funds available for additional teaching resources, support programs and technology following an announcement that utility bills for all public schools and preschools will be fully funded.

Water, electricity and gas bills will be processed and funded by the state government, providing financial relief for our 900 public schools and preschools.

Schools have previously received funding for a percentage of utilities bills, requiring them to use school funds to meet the gap.

Any penalty rates incurred by schools as a result of cleaning will also be funded by the state government.

We are listening to our school communities and we want to ensure their focus is on delivering an exceptional education – rather than paying bills.

The move will give schools more certainty over their own budgets, so they can set aside funding for targeted education support.  

We also recently announced a $15 million investment to reduce school power bills.

Since 2002-03 and including the 2016-17 budget, we have invested more than $2.2 billion in school capital works, maintenance and asset funding.