Education transition begins: SA Budget 2019

More than $185 million will be spent on school infrastructure and capital upgrades over the next seven years as the State Government prepares for the transition of year seven students into high school in 2022.

Partial funding has been allocated to a number of regional schools in this year's Budget, including Murray Bridge High, Glossop High, Gawler and District College, John Pirie Secondary, Kapunda High and Port Lincoln High.

Other regional schools to receive funding for projects include Meningie Area School and Whyalla Secondary School.

A new initiative costing $1.8m will give dependents of 457 and 482 visa holders who are attending a government school an exemption from student contribution fees.

The project is aimed at attracting more foreign workers to South Australia, especially in regional areas.

Minister for Education John Gardner said the government had $1.3 billion in capital projects to be delivered between this financial year and 2024-25.

"This year's budget continues to deliver the biggest investment in schools by any State Government in South Australia's history," Mr Gardner said.

"We are delivering the funding required to properly transition Year 7 into a high school setting, so our students will no longer be left behind their counterparts in other states.

"We want every student, in every class, in every school across South Australia to benefit from a world-class education."

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Public schools will also receive faster internet speeds as part of a deal with Telstra to increase the download time by up to 1000 times faster than before.

A total of $80m has been set aside for more than 500 schools to access speeds up to and beyone 1GB.

Funding continues to be delivered for key school improvement measures including:

  • $20.9 million Literacy Guarantee including the rollout of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
  • $12.2 million Languages in Schools initiative
  • $5.6 million entrepreneurial specialist programs
  • $15.5 million package of measures to address bullying, truancy and substance abuse in schools.