Building Future Schools Fund

Building Future Schools Fund

The Queensland Government is investing more than $800 million through its Building Future Schools (BFS) Fund to support growing communities.

The BFS Fund is supporting the master planning of inner-city state schools, delivering new state schools in growth areas across the state, investing in existing school assets and making strategic land acquisitions for the future.

The BFS Fund is delivering new and innovative education infrastructure solutions for growing communities.

Queenslanders are changing the way they live and where they choose to live with more families deciding to embrace inner city living.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

As part of the approach to inner-city schooling, the BFS Fund is enhancing school infrastructure, building and strengthening strategic partnerships and developing and refining long-term master plans to support state schools as part of Brisbane’s changing landscape.

The BFS Fund includes:


Last updated 6 September 2018

Building Future Schools Fund

The Queensland Government is investing more than $800 million through its Building Future Schools (BFS) Fund to support growing communities.

The BFS Fund is supporting the master planning of inner-city state schools, delivering new state schools in growth areas across the state, investing in existing school assets and making strategic land acquisitions for the future.

The BFS Fund is delivering new and innovative education infrastructure solutions for growing communities.

Queenslanders are changing the way they live and where they choose to live with more families deciding to embrace inner city living.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

As part of the approach to inner-city schooling, the BFS Fund is enhancing school infrastructure, building and strengthening strategic partnerships and developing and refining long-term master plans to support state schools as part of Brisbane’s changing landscape.

The BFS Fund includes:


Last updated 6 September 2018

  • Three big milestones for new Inner North College

    10 days ago

    The new flagship state secondary school in Brisbane’s inner north has achieved three big milestones with the appointment of the building contractor, the start of construction and the release of the proposed catchment area.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by Minister for Education and Member for McConnel Grace Grace to turn the first sod today, determined to deliver the once-in-a-generation new school by 2020.

    “Construction is starting on the first school being built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years, this is an historic moment,” the Premier said.

    “Not only will it deliver a state-of-the art education facility...

    The new flagship state secondary school in Brisbane’s inner north has achieved three big milestones with the appointment of the building contractor, the start of construction and the release of the proposed catchment area.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by Minister for Education and Member for McConnel Grace Grace to turn the first sod today, determined to deliver the once-in-a-generation new school by 2020.

    “Construction is starting on the first school being built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years, this is an historic moment,” the Premier said.

    “Not only will it deliver a state-of-the art education facility for our young people but it will create 300 full-time jobs, providing a valuable shot-in-the-arm for our construction sector.

    “The new Inner North Secondary College will also be Brisbane’s first vertical state high school and is being delivered as part of my government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund.

    “Brisbane-founded Hutchinson Builders has been awarded the contract to build this leading state high school and I am also delighted that Brisbane architect Thomson Adsett will lead the detailed design in partnership with Hutchinson Builders.”

    The latest data from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office shows the number of children living in the inner-city has increased by some 30 per cent since 2011 and a further 3000 students are expected to move to the area over the next five years.

    Minister Grace said the proposed catchment map was also released today and called for suggestions for the school’s official name and expressions of interest for student enrolments.

    “The release of the school’s proposed catchment means the new school now has its own distinct local community,” she said.

    “The proposed catchment has been created using an equidistant boundary between the new school and its neighbouring state high schools – the same process that applies for other schools across Queensland.

    “The proposed School Enrolment Management Plan (EMP) will prioritise local students to ensure we relieve pressure on inner city enrolments.”

    The new school’s foundation Principal, Sharon Barker, said the Department of Education had also opened expressions of interest for student enrolment.

    “The enrolment expression of interest will help us begin to establish our local school community,” she said.

    “Whilst this process does not guarantee your child a place, it allows you to be part of our developing school community.

    “I am looking forward to working closely with the community to build this outstanding new school.”

    To view the proposed catchment and School EMP, express your interest in enrolling or provide your suggestions for an official school name, visit: https://yoursay.buildingfutureschools.advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/inner-city-north-state-secondary-college ( https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com )

    The Palaszczuk Government is spending $1 billion on education infrastructure this year, supporting nearly 2,700 jobs.

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Zoe Russell (Premier’s Office) – 0439 982 347

    Scott Chandler (Minister Grace’s Office) – 0439 578 472


  • Have your say on the design of the new Inner City South State Secondary College

    about 2 months ago

    The community is invited to share their design ideas for the new Inner City South State Secondary College at two upcoming interactive design sessions.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the community’s input was essential to starting the design process.

    “The project team is currently procuring an architect to commence design and master planning for the school,” Ms Grace said.

    “To get this process underway, we want to outline the values and preferences of our local community to guide the design from the outset.

    “We want to hear the community’s view on the creative and innovative learning spaces required to ensure...

    The community is invited to share their design ideas for the new Inner City South State Secondary College at two upcoming interactive design sessions.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the community’s input was essential to starting the design process.

    “The project team is currently procuring an architect to commence design and master planning for the school,” Ms Grace said.

    “To get this process underway, we want to outline the values and preferences of our local community to guide the design from the outset.

    “We want to hear the community’s view on the creative and innovative learning spaces required to ensure the school meets contemporary educational needs for inner city students.

    “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help play a part in the design of this future-focussed education facility.”

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad welcomed the announcement of the next round of consultation.

    “Community participation is incredibly important in the development of this wonderful educational facility and I encourage all local residents to get involved,” Ms Trad said.

    “Community members can attend one of the two community design sessions and participate in the interactive activities or provide their ideas online via the project website.”

    The community is invited to drop-in and talk to a project team member and share their design ideas for the new school at one of the following information sessions:

    • Saturday 27 October, 2pm to 4pm, Dutton Park State School Hall, 112 Annerley Road, Dutton Park.
    • Thursday 1 November, 6pm to 8pm, Dutton Park State School Hall, 112 Annerley Road, Dutton Park.


    Please register for the event online. If you are unable to attend a drop-in session, you can share your design ideas for the new school on the project website until Sunday 4 November 2018.

    For more information visit http://advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools/Pages/default.aspx


  • Inner City South State Secondary College taking shape

    3 months ago

    Inner City South State Secondary College is starting to take shape, with the school’s proposed catchment and enrolment management plan released today and a new property secured.

    Education Minister Grace Grace and Member for South Brisbane and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today unveiled the proposed enrolment documents at a newly purchased site in Dutton Park.

    “This is another key milestone in the development of this exciting project,” Ms Grace said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has secured additional land on Gladstone Road near the existing Knowledge Precinct at Dutton Park.

    “The site is currently used by MS Queensland, who will be relocating...

    Inner City South State Secondary College is starting to take shape, with the school’s proposed catchment and enrolment management plan released today and a new property secured.

    Education Minister Grace Grace and Member for South Brisbane and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today unveiled the proposed enrolment documents at a newly purchased site in Dutton Park.

    “This is another key milestone in the development of this exciting project,” Ms Grace said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has secured additional land on Gladstone Road near the existing Knowledge Precinct at Dutton Park.

    “The site is currently used by MS Queensland, who will be relocating to new premises.

    “The newly acquired site will be the main building platform for the new school and provides greater access to green space – a key theme raised during the community consultation process.

    “This land also offers a clear line of site to the new school’s tertiary education partner, the University of Queensland, which is just across the river via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.”

    Ms Grace said the proposed catchment map and School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) is now available on the project website and open to community feedback.

    “The proposed catchment has been created using an equidistant boundary between it and its neighbouring state high schools – the same process that applies for other schools across Queensland,” she said.

    “The proposed School EMP prioritises in-catchment students and gives existing Brisbane State High School catchment students the opportunity to apply for enrolment at the new school.

    “This not only gives local families choice, but also takes the pressure off Brisbane State High School.”

    Member for South Brisbane and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, said she was excited for local families to have their say on the inner south’s first school in almost 60 years.

    “We heard loud and clear during the consultation phase earlier this year that catchments and enrolment policies were critical issues for local families. That’s why we’re now seeking the views and feedback of school communities on the proposed catchment for the new school’ Ms Trad said.

    “This is a unique opportunity to establish a school in a way that we’ve never seen before; shaped by local insight and expertise.

    “I encourage the community to once again engage wholeheartedly in this next phase of the school’s formation.”

    The proposed catchment will take in Dutton Park and parts of Greenslopes, Buranda and Woolloongabba.

    Feedback on the draft enrolment management approach is now open, closing on Sunday 30 September. Feedback can be provided on the Department’s website here.

    Families can also register their interest for enrolment in the new school here: www.advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools.

  • Preferred location identified for new inner south high school

    4 months ago

    The Dutton Park Ecosciences precinct has been identified as the preferred precinct for the first new high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner-south for more than 50 years.

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the new school was being built to service the growing local community and was designed to relieve pressure on Brisbane State High School.

    “As a local parent, I have witnessed first-hand the significant population growth in the inner-south and the corresponding impact on local school populations, like Brisbane State High, which is the largest secondary school across the nation,” Ms Trad...

    The Dutton Park Ecosciences precinct has been identified as the preferred precinct for the first new high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner-south for more than 50 years.

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the new school was being built to service the growing local community and was designed to relieve pressure on Brisbane State High School.

    “As a local parent, I have witnessed first-hand the significant population growth in the inner-south and the corresponding impact on local school populations, like Brisbane State High, which is the largest secondary school across the nation,” Ms Trad said.

    “That’s why I have fought hard, on behalf of my local community, to secure a new school for the inner-south because I know it is the number one issue for our community.

    “I’m proud to be part of the Palaszczuk Government, which is delivering new schools right across our state in high growth areas, like the inner-city.

    “The Ecosciences Precinct has been identified as the best location for the new secondary school because it will help cater for current and future growth, ensuring that it will be a school planned and designed for the long term. Additionally, with its proximity and connection via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the University of Queensland - which is partnering with Education Queensland on this exciting education initiative – ensures that we maximise opportunities for students to access the University’s resources, facilities, lecturers and classes.

    “While already well connected to public transport through Park Road train station and the Eastern Busway, the Ecosciences Precinct will also be serviced by a future Cross River Rail station will provide further connection.

    “This is an important milestone but, as promised, information will be provided to the community for full consultation and engagement before finalising the decision about location.”

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the school was planned to open for Year 7 students from the start of 2021.

    “The school will have an active and long-term partnership with the University of Queensland to develop innovative education for students from Years 7 -12,” Ms Grace said.

    “A principal would be appointed in the second half of 2019 to work with key stakeholders to progress the development of the school’s vision, policies and curriculum.

    “Planning works are also underway for a new inner city north state secondary college, which is being developed in partnership with QUT, at Brookes Street in Fortitude Valley which is due to open in 2020.”

    School and community information sessions will be held during February and March 2018.

    The Inner City South School Community Reference Group, made up of principals and community representatives from neighbouring schools, the University of Queensland and from the Department of Education met during the latter part of 2017 and came together again this week to discuss the identification of the preferred precinct.

    Additional information is available from the Building Future Schools website.

    This project is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s $800 million Building Future Schools Fund.


  • New $5.9 million precinct for historic New Farm school

    4 months ago

    A New Farm school founded at the turn of the century is being supported to cater for the next generation of students, with a new $5.9 million early years’ precinct officially opened today.

    Education Minister and Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the new facility would enable New Farm State School to continue its 117 year legacy of educating local students

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing quality education facilities for all students across Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

    “It’s wonderful to see students here in Brisbane’s inner city benefiting from...

    A New Farm school founded at the turn of the century is being supported to cater for the next generation of students, with a new $5.9 million early years’ precinct officially opened today.

    Education Minister and Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the new facility would enable New Farm State School to continue its 117 year legacy of educating local students

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing quality education facilities for all students across Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

    “It’s wonderful to see students here in Brisbane’s inner city benefiting from this commitment.

    “New Farm State School has a rich history in our community, with the original school building dating back to 1901.

    “This new $5.9 million early years’ precinct will provide state-of-the-art facilities for our youngest students to learn and engage, as well as helping this school cater for ongoing enrolment demand.”

    Ms Grace said the new facilities were supporting this historic school to embrace the 21st Century, with seven classrooms fitted with high-tech connectivity.

    “There is also a covered outdoor learning area, a purpose-built playground for Prep, extra parking spaces and secure fencing and meeting rooms,” she said.

    “New Farm State School is among 35 schools in the inner city to be master-planned under the Palaszczuk Government’s Building Future Schools Fund.

    “The Building Future Schools Fund is a funding boost of more than $800 million for state school infrastructure.

    “This complements our investments to meet enrolment growth right across the state, with a particular focus on Brisbane’s inner city schools that have seen significant growth in the last decade.”

    Principal Dr Carmel McGrath said the new facilities meant the New Farm State School’s youngest students now had their own early years’ precinct and a purpose-built play area for Prep.

    “The building is also physically accessible for all students and features an amplification system to support students with hearing difficulties,” Dr McGrath said.

    Dr McGrath said the classrooms also had interactive whiteboards which would help educate students with diverse learning needs for life in the 21st century.

    “We are proud of our future-oriented programs designed to provide a challenging, exciting education and help every student reach their potential,” she said.

    The Palaszczuk Government has a state-wide Infrastructure Investment Program valued at more than $778 million during 2017-18.



  • New Inner City North State Secondary College one step closer

    4 months ago

    A major milestone has been reached for the delivery of the new Inner City North State Secondary College in Fortitude Valley.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said Expressions of Interest had been called for the detailed designs to be completed and for construction to get underway.

    “This new secondary school is a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to plan and deliver for Queensland’s future,” Ms Grace said.

    “The new school, to be built on the corner of Brookes Street and St Pauls Terrace in Fortitude Valley, is absolutely crucial in addressing...

    A major milestone has been reached for the delivery of the new Inner City North State Secondary College in Fortitude Valley.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said Expressions of Interest had been called for the detailed designs to be completed and for construction to get underway.

    “This new secondary school is a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to plan and deliver for Queensland’s future,” Ms Grace said.

    “The new school, to be built on the corner of Brookes Street and St Pauls Terrace in Fortitude Valley, is absolutely crucial in addressing significant enrolment growth in the surrounding suburbs.

    “This will be the first state high school to be built Brisbane’s inner city suburbs in more than 50 years. Not only that, it will be the first vertical state school to be delivered in Queensland.

    “The school is part of our Government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund, along with the new secondary school planned for Brisbane’s inner city south.

    “The call for Expressions of Interest for the Fortitude Valley high school marks an important milestone for this game-changing project.

    “This will be a flagship, future-focused school, supported by excellence in teaching through a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology.

    “The school will have creative and innovative learning spaces with cutting-edge design that meets contemporary educational needs for students in the inner city.”

    Ms Grace said construction would get underway onsite before the end of 2018.

    “I’m pleased to say the new school is on track to welcome its foundation Year 7 students in 2020,” she said.

    “The department has also started the recruitment process for the school’s foundation Principal, with applications recently closing.

    “I look forward to working with the future Principal, who will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape this school from the ground up and create a signature learning institution for Queensland.

    “I will be hosting a meeting for interested community members on Saturday 23 June from 2pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Fortitude Valley.

    “I invite anyone with an interest in the project to come along to learn more.”

    EOIs for the design and construction of the new school are open to eligible pre-qualified building suppliers only – i.e. those holding a PQC3 rating, or above, through the Queensland Government’s prequalification system.



  • Inner City North State College principal revealed

    4 months ago

    Education Minister and Member for McConnel Grace Grace has announced the foundation principal at Brisbane’s Inner City North State Secondary College.

    Ms Grace said Sharon Barker has been chosen for the significant role and will start work on September 3.

    “Ms Barker has been in the teaching profession for nearly 30 years,” Ms Grace said.

    “She brings a wealth of education experience, having served as principal of Highfields State Secondary College in Toowoomba for the last four years.

    “Ms Barker previously held principal, acting principal and deputy positions at Tara Shire...

    Education Minister and Member for McConnel Grace Grace has announced the foundation principal at Brisbane’s Inner City North State Secondary College.

    Ms Grace said Sharon Barker has been chosen for the significant role and will start work on September 3.

    “Ms Barker has been in the teaching profession for nearly 30 years,” Ms Grace said.

    “She brings a wealth of education experience, having served as principal of Highfields State Secondary College in Toowoomba for the last four years.

    “Ms Barker previously held principal, acting principal and deputy positions at Tara Shire State College and Stanthorpe and Harristown State High Schools.

    “I congratulate Ms Barker on her new role and I have every confidence that she will do a great job.

    “One of Ms Barker’s first tasks will be to work with the future school community to develop the catchment and enrolment policy of the school.”

    Inner City North State Secondary College in Fortitude Valley is the first state high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years, and the first vertical secondary school to be built in Queensland.

    The successful tenderer to build the new school is expected to be announced in the coming months.

    Ms Grace said the school will be a masterpiece once complete in 2020.

    “Not only will Inner City North State Secondary College look impressive, it will be a future-focused school, supported by excellence in teaching through a partnership with QUT,” Ms Grace said.

    Ms Barker said she was thrilled to get the call up for the new position.

    “It is an absolute privilege to have been selected as principal of this new school,” Ms Barker said.

    “I am looking forward to working closely with staff and the community to sculpt the school into a place of positive culture and strong values where every student is given the opportunity to succeed.”

    Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $800 million in the Building Future Schools Fund to support growing communities across the state.

    “We are delivering a state-wide infrastructure investment program valued at more than $923 million in 2018-19,” Ms Grace said.