ACT Election Announcements

ACT Labor will build new schools in Canberra’s north and create more space for college students

September 24, 2020

ACT Labor has a strong record of delivering on our promises and investing in public schools to keep pace with Canberra’s growing community. 

Under a re-elected Labor government, families in Canberra’s north will see a new $85 million high school in Taylor and a new $35 million primary school to meet forecast growth in public school enrolments in North Gungahlin.

Construction on the high school in Taylor will commence in the 2022-23 financial year.

New school builds of this size generally take 2 years to construct.

A new primary school will meet the growing demand in North Gungahlin, and ACT Labor will start construction on the new school early in the next term of Government.

ACT Labor will also increase capacity for college students in Canberra’s North through a $50 million investment over the next term of Government.

A re-elected Labor Government will work with school communities at Gungahlin College and Dickson College on these plans.

“Our plan to build new schools to keep up with growth will create and protect 1,200 local jobs,” ACT Labor Leader Andrew Barr said.

“If re-elected, our number one priority will be to create and protect local jobs, and these new schools are part of our plan to hire more than 400 teachers and support staff during the next term of Government.”

The new primary school will cater for around 600 children, with the high school set to cater for around 800.

“Gungahlin is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and more Canberra families are choosing public education,” ACT Labor’s Education Spokesperson Yvette Berry said.

“A re-elected Labor government will make sure that new schools are built as they are needed to make sure that every child has a place a great local public school.”

“As we have done in Government, ACT Labor is committed to doing the heavy lifting when it comes to action on climate change and the new primary school and high school will be emissions free.”

Only ACT Labor has the experience to ensure that every child has a place at a great local public school and protect local jobs for Canberrans.