Commonwealth Government Agrees to Partial Release of the $75 Million Being Held from the NSW Government for School Funding
New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) February 08, 2011
The Commonwealth Government has agreed to the partial release of $75 million which was withheld from the NSW Government under the Building the Education Revolution program. The potential release is in recognition of the NSW Government’s commitment to address issues identified by the BER Implementation Taskforce.
In June 2010, on the advice of the BER Implementation Taskforce, the Commonwealth Government withheld $75 million of BER funding from the NSW Government.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, said the Taskforce found the vast majority of schools across Australia have achieved a very positive outcome and that in the main, value for money has been achieved.
“However, the BER Implementation Taskforce identified issues in the delivery of the program in NSW, and recommended that until the issues identified by the Implementation Taskforce addressed that Commonwealth funding should be withheld,” Senator Evans said.
As a result of the NSW Government’s additional commitment to address these issues, the $75 million in BER funds previously withheld by the Commonwealth in June 2010 will be released in instalments beginning with a $25 million payment in February 2011.
“The NSW Government’s actions to ensure issues identified within the BER Implementation Taskforce being addressed are welcome,” Senator Evans said.
“The works plan, developed by the BER Implementation Taskforce, has milestones attached, whereby the withheld funds will be reinstituted in instalments as agreed progress is achieved.
“The BER Implementation Taskforce and the Commonwealth Coordinator General will be closely monitoring progress against these milestones.
“The Government’s record investment in Australian schools has delivered modern facilities to schools across the nation.
“These facilities are changing the educational experience for thousands of Australian children and are also being used to benefit community groups.”
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