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Future directions

Our people

From 2009-10, the department will:

  • continue to refine business processes to improve HR systems
  • employ an additional 350 full-time equivalent staff, comprising 288 teachers and 62 teacher aides, to meet enrolment growth in Queensland state schools and support students with disabilities and other initiatives
  • fund an additional 5000 teacher aide hours per week to support Prep-Year 7 students
  • provide more than $48 million for professional development to enhance staff capability, including TAFE and school teachers
  • negotiate a replacement certified agreement for Queensland state school teachers that gives quality teachers enhanced rewards and career advancement opportunities, and helps achieve the objectives of National Partnership Agreements
  • help teachers meet the re-registration requirements of the Queensland College of Teachers' Continuing Professional Development Framework
  • continue to integrate and develop initiatives that support attraction and retention, as appropriate for the changed economic and business environment, to maintain a quality workforce to deliver future services
  • explore options for providing tailored information to groups of employees through the Stay in Touch program to support staff engagement and further enhance the department's relationship with its staff.

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Infrastructure

In 2009-10, as part of a major investment in education infrastructure, the department will invest:

  • $301 million, as part of its five-year, $850 million State Schools of Tomorrow program, to deliver new and renewed facilities that support modern teaching methods to some of the older schools in the state
  • $149 million to:
    • relocate Amberley State School to a new site in Yamanto
    • undertake staged work at five schools - Coomera Springs State School, Meridan State College, Park Lake State School, Ormeau Woods State High School and Stretton State College
    • acquire land and provide additional classrooms at existing schools in growth areas throughout the state.

Construction will continue on Round 1 of the Trade Training Centre in Schools Program. The $60.3 million four-year program will provide new or upgraded training facilities to industry standards across 21 Queensland state schools or school clusters.

Work will continue on the South East Queensland Schools Project. A Public-Private Partnership Schools Project will build, operate and maintain seven new state schools in high growth areas:

  • primary schools located at Peregian Springs and Thornlands South (opening 2010)
  • primary schools located at Bellbird Park and Collingwood Park in Ipswich and at East Coomera on the Gold Coast (opening 2011)
  • a high school at Murrumba Downs (opening 2012) and a primary school at Bundilla, both on the Sunshine Coast.

The department will deliver projects totalling approximately $1.168 billion as part of the following Australian Government funded Building the Education Revolution initiatives:

Construction is well underway and will continue throughout 2009-10. All projects will be completed by the end of 2010-11.

TAFE

In 2009-10, the department will continue to implement the Queensland Skills Plan through the following major building investments:

  • $22.7 million to continue developing the SkillsTech Australia major trade and technician skills campus at Acacia Ridge
  • $22.2 million to develop the TAFE trade training centre at Townsville
  • $6.2 million to continue redeveloping the Cairns campus of the Tropical North Institute of TAFE
  • $9.1 million to redevelop the Nambour campus of the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
  • $12 million for a TAFE trade training centre at Mackay
  • $7.3 million for major refurbishments at the Rockhampton campus of the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
  • $28.9 million for the new Coomera campus for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

In addition, TAFEs will receive $78.1 million in 2009-10 to construct new training facilities, refurbish existing institute buildings and upgrade equipment as part of the $400 million Australian Government - Teaching and Learning Capital Fund.

Maintenance

In 2009-10, the department will continue its maintenance program by:

  • increasing funding for school maintenance to $126.1 million in total, which includes $45 million from the State Schools of Tomorrow program
  • allocating $9.3 million for the maintenance of TAFE facilities
  • increasing funding for employee housing maintenance by $15 million to a total of $22.4 million.

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Environmental sustainability

The roof of a school building with solar panels and an air conditioning unit.

The department will continue to develop and implement programs that ensure its practices are environmentally sustainable by:

  • allocating $43.7 million to continue the Solar and Energy Efficiency Program in state schools and $14.3 million (excluding GST) from the Australian Government to deliver the National Solar Schools Program
  • expanding the number of Earth Smart Science Schools over three years, and implementing a number of initiatives for the 2010 Year of Environmental Sustainability in Schools
  • conducting energy audits at seven TAFE campuses
  • conducting a trial of 'smart' air conditioning technology to identify opportunities to reduce energy and CO2 emissions arising from air conditioning in schools.

Information and communication technologies (ICT)

In 2009-10, the department will:

  • invest more than $100 million in Smart Classroom initiatives to improve student and teacher access to digital learning materials
  • implement productivity reviews and improvements in service centres
  • improve self-service mechanisms so that schools can access ICT services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • implement the VET Futures Program, which will further integrate systems and applications
  • continue to implement the Computers for Teachers program to provide a computer and associated professional development to every permanent state school and TAFE teacher who works two or more days a week
  • continue to maintain and update a sustainable enterprise platform to improve teacher and student productivity
  • give teachers practical support for their curriculum planning and assessment through OneSchool
  • progressively roll out the new Identity and Access Management system over the next two years
  • develop new school intranets, as part of the OnePortal program, to provide easy access and integration into OnePortal. Each school's intranet will be customised with their school crest and motto, and will give teachers easy access to curriculum resources, classroom notes and school-based administrative tools. The school intranet will link to OnePortal, where staff can customise their information
  • continue to support the implementation of the National Secondary School Computer Fund, which will help all schools with Year 9-12 students achieve a ratio of one computer to every two students
  • continue to develop digital content across the P-12 curriculum
  • continue to expand and utilise eLearning capabilities, including web conferencing.

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