Media release: New upgrade funding for South Coast government schools

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South Coast government schools can now apply for funding of at least $250,000 to build or upgrade vital infrastructure.

Round 2 of the Albanese Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund will provide $215.8 million in funding and be targeted at schools with the greatest need.

This delivers on another election commitment from the Government. The grants can be used for large scale capital works projects such as:

  • building or upgrading facilities, such as art facilities, music rooms, technical and applied studies facilities, sporting facilities.
  • upgrading playground and outdoor learning facilities; and
  • replacing ageing demountable buildings with permanent structures or modern modular teaching spaces.

This builds on the $53.6 million in School Upgrade Funding the Albanese Government has already announced earlier this year, which included over $1 million for 13 schools across the Gilmore electorate.

Government schools on the South Coast with the greatest need will be prioritised – including schools with high numbers of students from a low-socio economic background, First Nations Students, and students with disability and schools which haven’t received significant capital funding in the last two years.

South Coast schools can apply for funding at

Applications close 29 February 2024.

Quotes attributable to Fiona Phillips MP, Member for Gilmore

“I was delighted to support 13 local schools under this fantastic program, and I know there are schools across the South Coast in real need of continued investment.

“Schools like Bomaderry High School, Mogo Public School, Jamberoo Public School and more have seen investments in their outdoor spaces, improved ICT equipment, and safer classrooms and playgrounds because of this fund, which is simply fantastic.

“Major upgrades in our schools will make a world of difference for students, improving not only their school environment but how they learn, leading to better outcomes for our kids, as well as supporting teachers and all staff working in our amazing local schools.

“I am so proud of our local schools and look forward to celebrating the completion of these projects, and many more to come.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on.

“From upgrading art rooms and tech rooms to new outdoor equipment and replacing demountables, this funding will deliver upgrades to government schools that need it the most. 

“This is another important step in delivering on the Albanese Government’s commitments to build a better and fairer education system.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Education Anthony Chisholm:

“Our schools deserve great infrastructure and quality equipment to help students achieve their best – no matter where they live, or what their background may be.

“To be a smart and innovative nation, we need to ensure that all Australians have the same opportunities and access to a supportive learning environment.

“This is a great outcome and I’m thrilled that we can deliver this funding to much-needed projects at schools across Australia.”