ACT Labor to fund Smart School, Smart Student non-government grants

The ACT Labor Government is investing in better schools and teachers to strengthen education for all Canberrans.

$28 million worth of ICT and fibre-optic upgrades has already been delivered by the ACT Labor Government under the Smart School, Smart Student program with all public schools now connected to high-speed broadband and able to access wireless networks (WiFi).

With the discontinuation of future funding for non-government schools under the Commonwealth Digital Education Revolution, a number of these schools are finding it increasingly hard to keep pace with the growing demand for online learning among students.

The ACT Government wants to ensure that these schools and their students have the opportunity to make use of available fibre-optic and fast broadband infrastructure.

If re-elected ACT Labor will fund $2.5 million worth of Smart School, Smart Student grants for non-government schools.

The $2.5 million Smart School, Smart Student grants program will be introduced over the next four years to help fund or subsidise the installation of fast broadband infrastructure in ACT non-government schools.  The scheme will be administered centrally by the Education and Training Directorate.

To be successful, schools will need to demonstrate a need for enhanced internet connectivity.  The program will take into account existing communications infrastructure in the school, the school’s capacity to finance and maintain infrastructure, and the introduction of the National Broadband Network.  The program will also include an evaluation and audit process to ensure proper implementation.

ACT Labor’s plan to fund Smart School, Smart Student non-government grants

 

2013 – 2014

2014 -2015

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017

TOTAL

Recurrent

$0.625m

$0.625m

$0.625m

$0.625m

$2.5m

Total

$0.625m

$0.625m

$0.625m

$0.625m

$2.5m