Joint Funding of Capital Works in Schools Policy
The joint funding of capital works in schools encourages schools and their communities to contribute to the provision of school facilities through cost sharing, thereby enhancing the standard of facilities provided in schools for use by the wider community.
Objectives - Policy statement
- Facilitate schools achieving facilities compliant with the Education Facilities Standards and Guidelines earlier than if they had to wait for full government funding.
- Allow schools and communities to add to facilities that comply with the Education Facilities Standards and Guidelines, if their funds permit, during government funded capital works projects.
- Share the high cost of capital facilities with other service providers and increase the utilisation rate of school facilities.
- Promote goodwill, independence and a sense of ownership in school communities.
- Provide transparency in the process of managing and implementing Joint Funded projects.
Audience and applicability
- This Policy applies to the joint funding of facilities in all NSW government schools.
- The Policy relates to:
- the joint funding of facilities by schools and the Department of Education and Communities to provide facilities that comply with the School Facilities Standards;
- contributions by school communities and other providers towards the enhancement of capital projects in schools during planned capital works; and
- school or community funding of facilities that are above those required under the School Facilities Standards.
- New schools are built to the latest facility standards. These standards have changed over time and many older schools do not have all the facilities or the size of facilities provided in new schools.
- This policy aims to encourage self-help through a joint funding scheme available to all schools to enable them to achieve facilities that meet the School Facilities Standards where they can provide half the funds. However a school has to be able to demonstrate its long-term viability and widespread school community support for the proposed facility to be eligible for the joint funding of new facilities.
- The total value of the project must be $10,000 or more and the upper limit of the Department’s contribution on any one project is $300,000. The completed facility automatically becomes the property of the Minister for Education.
- If the proposed facility is above current School Facilities Standards, the school or other contributor to the project will be required to pay for the ongoing running and maintenance costs of the facility.
Responsibilities and delegations
- Group Director, Asset Management, School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW)
Review, approve or endorse applications with a value more than $150,000 inclusive of GST.
- Executive Director, School Performance
Endorse applications with a value more than $150,000 inclusive of GST.
- Director, Educational Leadership
Endorse applications with a value between $30,000 and $150,000 inclusive of GST.
- Asset Management Unit (AMU) Director, SINSW
Review and endorse all applications after submission by school principal.
- Asset Service Officer (ASO), SINSW
Liaise with school principal to determine the scope and initial budget estimate for the preparation of the application form.
- School Principal
Responsible for liaising with their local SINSW Asset Service Officer (ASO) to work collaboratively in preparing the application form for submission.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
- The Group Director, Asset Management, School Infrastructure NSW will monitor the implementation and management of this procedure and review its effectiveness every three years.
- Policy issues relating to the Joint Funding of Capital Works in Schools Policy should be directed to the Group Director, Asset Management, School Infrastructure NSW on 0412 952 259.