The primary use of the funds will be for the purchase of laptop computers and desktop computers to improve the computer to student ratio to 1:2. If savings have been made through bulk purchasing arrangements, residual funds may be used to purchase other ICT equipment such as interactive whiteboards, data projectors, printers or scanners as set out in the Round Two and Supplementary Round 2.1 Guidelines .
Schools formally applied to the Australian Government after receiving individual invitations. Further Rounds are to be advised separately.
The process requires the state schools to expend the funds by purchasing ICT devices against a federally advised limit. On a state school ordering the devices and/or utilising flexible funding for ICT, each state school is responsible to ensure that a copy of the purchase order is sent to the Senior Project Officer, Information & Technologies (2497). If PurchaseIT is used, a copy of the purchase order will automatically be sent to the Senior Project Officer. On receipt of the purchase order DET will formally advise the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Recoupment action is initiated by state schools sending goods receipted copies of invoices to:
Senior Project Officer, Information & Technologies
Facsimile: (07) 3836 0429
Payments will then be processed in accordance with the School Grant Payment and Recoupment Calendar.
Round Two and Supplementary Round 2.1 of the NSSCF extends to 31 March 2011.
The Federal policy is advised on their Digital Education Revolution website , which is also the means to apply and lodge formal applications.
The Round Two Federal funding agreement with DET is contained in TRIM (09/26088) and is entitled Funding Agreement for National Secondary School Fund Round Two. A funding agreement variation for Supplementary Round 2.1 is contained in TRIM (09/65306) and is entitled Funding Agreement Variation for National Secondary School Computer Fund Round 2.1
Schools with secondary students in years 9-12 were eligible for funding in Round Two and Supplementary Round 2.1 if their computer to student ratio was worse than 1:2.
Targeted Grants to state schools
Payments to state schools are made following the submission of the purchase order and the 'goods receipted' invoice from state schools.
Funds are allocated on the basis of $1000 per device to a maximum claim of $1million per school over the life of the program. The allocation in Round Two and Supplementary Round 2.1 has been limited to the number of ICT devices required to bring a school's computer to student ratio for Years 9-12 to 1:2. These details have been supplied individually to specific state schools and are also detailed in the TRIM documents covering eligibility.