Improved facilities for students with disability

Students with the most complex learning needs at some of NSW's special schools will receive improved facilities through an agreement between the state and federal governments.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten and NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced that 16 schools for special purposes will receive up to $80 million in reallocated funding as part of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century element of the Building the Education Revolution.

Schools for special purposes cater for students from Pre-school to Year 12 who require extensive levels of support because of their physical, intellectual, sensory or behavioural learning needs.

Facilities will include replacing demountable classrooms with permanent classrooms, providing customised facilities for students with special needs, expanding student activity areas, improving disabled access to buildings, hydrotherapy facilities and accessible toilets and showers.

In addition, school principals will be invited to chair the Project Control Group to ensure the school community has a greater say in the facilities they receive.

The $16.2 billion BER program is delivering over 23,000 projects in nearly 9,500 schools across Australia. The NSW Government received more than $3.4 billion to refurbish and construct new facilities in 1780 schools across the state.

Find out more, including details of the schools and their projects.

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