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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1173 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 October 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 October 2019


1173. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to the minister's media statement entitled ''Major maintenance blitz: New job-creating school package unveiled'' of 22 September 2019.

(1) Can the minister explain the methodology used to determine the jobs created and expenditure per site; and, if a matrix was used, will the minister please table that matrix?

(2) How many of these jobs are anticipated to be created by —

(a) the conclusion of 2019–20; and

(b) the conclusion of 2020–21?

(3) How many of these jobs will be ongoing FTE?

(4) How many will be short-term, one-off cash injections and therefore not new FTE?

(5) How does the minister intend to track spend to ensure that funds are spent on appropriate items and staffing requirements?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The job creation estimate is based on the expected labour component of the total maintenance package. Expenditure per school takes into consideration a number of factors, including school type, for example, primary or secondary; school age; school size; locality and condition.

(2) The jobs estimate reflects the impact of the entire maintenance package over the life of the program.

(3)–(4) The jobs estimate is an assessment of the additional jobs created as a result of the maintenance package, relative to previously approved spending for the Department of Education.

(5) For direct maintenance allocations, schools are required to report on the works undertaken and the expenditure when works are completed. Centrally funded, targeted maintenance works and upgrade and refurbishment items are managed by the Department of Finance Building Management and Works.