Australia’s existing school infrastructure is struggling to meet the ongoing demand for places, making the development of further infrastructure a major priority for all state governments.
In 2016 NSW Treasury pledged an additional $1billion towards the building of new schools; bringing the total budget to $2.6billion for the next four years. The Victorian Government recently declared their bid to become an ‘education state’ allocating $1.1billion of funding to the sector in the same year. Meanwhile, Queensland are set to spend $667million on new schools between 2016-17.
Creating long term value within these new learning environments is a key consideration. Modern classrooms must be adaptable; capable of accommodating substantial population increases, as well as advances in technology and pedagogy.
With this in mind, Informa is delighted to be hosting its annual School Planning Design & Construction conference, on 23-24 May 2017 in Melbourne.
The event will serve as a platform for school planners to meet experts in the field of design, architecture and pedagogy, and work towards building a school system which effectively serves the needs of its region, teachers and students.
Key topics for discussions:
- Overview of current, recent & future projects
- Delivering quality learning spaces where communities need them
- Creating modern learning environments: What teachers are looking for and how best to implement changing practices
Deputy Secretary Infrastructure and Finance Services Group, Department of Education and Training Victoria
Executive Director - Infrastructure, Department For Education & Child Development South Australia
Joint Managing Partner, Grimshaw Australia
Associate Principal, Arup
Associate Principal, Grimshaw
Director, Hayball Architects
Division Director, Macquarie Capital
Senior Manager, Development & Delivery, Macquarie Capital
Senior Manager - Business Performance & Value, PwC
Group Director - Capital Works, NSW Dept. of Education
Dr Ben Cleveland
University of Melbourne
Senior Access Consultant, Architecture & Access
Dr Briony Scott
Principal, Wenona School
Principal, Melbourne High School
Principal, Aquinas College
Max Chester OAM
Director, Max Chester, Architects
Principal, Melbourne Girls Grammar School
Associate Professor Wesley Imms
Head, Visual Art and Design Education – Learning Environments Applied Research Network, University of Melbourne