Addressing the Maintenance Backlog in Victorian Schools – is a PPP the Answer?


The results of the audit report into Victorian schools announced on 20 February 2013 revealed a AUD420 million maintenance backlog with over 5,000 school buildings identified as falling below the standards set by Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

Since the first school public private partnership (PPP) in 2003 in New South Wales, the building of new schools via design, construct and maintain PPPs in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia has been a successful model for delivering much needed education infrastructure in Australia. However, a PPP which delivers upgrades and maintenance for existing schools has not been used in Australia.

In contrast, the US and the UK have both used a PPP model to deliver much needed school upgrade and maintenance repairs, particularly where government funding has been unavailable.

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