Scathing report finds NSW could run out of space for new school classrooms by 2023

Scathing report finds NSW could run out of space for new school classrooms by 2023

A scathing report into the demand for new classrooms in New South Wales has warned the state could run out of space within two years. The report by the Office of the NSW Auditor-General investigated the state government's education infrastructure department known as School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW). It found the department had been too focussed on short-term election commitments despite the need to house 180,000 students over the next two decades and other government announcements, instead of presenting "a list of priorities". "Developing a longer-term pipeline of priorities would signal the areas of greatest need and allow greater scope to consider a range of options to best meet those needs," Auditor-General Margaret Crawford found. Her report found a $6.7 billion budget for new school infrastructure since 2019 would no longer meet forecast growth beyond 2023. "This shortfall is due to growth alone and does not address fitness-for-purpose or proactively address compliance issues across the portfolio," it said. The report also said a large number of ageing state school buildings across the state were in need of upgrades, with more than …
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