An extra $449 million to clear the school maintenance backlog left by Labor.

The Nationals in Government will clear the school maintenance backlog left by Labor to ensure our students are learning in the best possible classrooms and facilities.

When Labor was last in Government, they left a $1 billion maintenance backlog, closed schools, sacked teachers and left our classrooms in disrepair. NSW Labor spent less on maintaining our schools in their last four years in Government than the NSW Liberals & Nationals have spent in this financial year alone.

The Nationals in Government will clear every maintenance job currently outstanding at the State’s 2,200 public schools.

Because we have worked hard to repair the budget and repay the debt Labor left behind, a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will be able to invest an additional $449 million, bringing the total investment committed to tackle school maintenance jobs to $1.3 billion.

The funding boost will allow schools to accelerate important work such as roof repairs, carpet replacements and painting work to clear the backlog by July 2020, while also supporting local jobs and businesses.

As the first state to sign up to Gonski, we have worked tirelessly to deliver unprecedented investment in our children’s education; delivering record student funding, more teachers, and new and upgraded schools.

The investment demonstrates the Government’s commitment to maintaining existing schools, as well as building new ones.

The Nationals in Government is currently delivering the largest investment into public schools by any state in Australian history.

We’re delivering more than 170 new and upgraded schools across the State and we will ensure that every one provides the world-class facilities that our students and teachers deserve.

The Nationals in Government will:

• Clear the $1 billion school maintenance backlog left by Labor by July 2020
• Complete every maintenance job currently outstanding at the State’s 2,200 public schools
• Invest an additional $449 million on top of the record $847 million already committed to tackle school maintenance and clear the backlog
• Accelerate maintenance work at our schools such as roof repairs, carpet replacements and painting work
• Deliver the largest investment into public school infrastructure by any state government in Australian history