The state government of Western Australia has launched a tender process to develop 8 new schools through a public - private partnership (PPP) project.
Four public primary schools and four public secondary schools are set to be built and maintained under Western Australia's first PPP for schools. The 4 new primary schools will be built in Landsdale East, Alkimos South West, Baldivis North and Byford South West and the new secondary schools are in Ellenbrook North, Lakelands, Hammond Park and Harrisdale
Education Minister Peter Collier today announced the call for expressions of interest from private companies for the package. Mr Collier stated:
While the schools will be owned by the State Government and the Department of Education will be responsible for all educational services, the PPP is a very different way of building and maintaining school facilities.
The project involves the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new schools for a period of 25 years. The PPP includes facilities management services such as waste disposal, utilities management, gardening, cleaning and security.
Interested parties must submit their expressions of interest (EOI) on or before 5 November 2014.
During the next four years, the State Government has announced plans to invest A$1.16billion in new and improved public schools.
In early May the Victorian Government also announced a multi million dollar plan to build 11 new primary schools through PPP model in Melbourne's growth suburbs. The government is planning the project as part of a A$500 million boost to education infrastructure in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget.
Victoria already used the PPP model to build 12 schools on 11 different sites on a design, build, finance and maintenance basis.