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Frequently asked questions

  1. What are Public Private Partnerships?
  2. What does the Private Sector do in a PPP for new schools?
  3. Where will the new PPP schools be built?
  4. When will the schools be built?
  5. Is there anything special about the buildings in these schools?
  6. Will education services in a school delivered under a PPP be any different to services in schools delivered traditionally?
  7. What is meant by Value for Money?
  8. What impact will PPP procurement have on existing schools and their staff?
  9. What are the benefits of the QLD Schools Project?
  10. What does this mean for the maintenance of school facilities?

1. What are Public Private Partnerships?

A Public Private Partnership(PPP) is a partnership between the public and private sector that uses the skills of each sector to deliver infrastructure in a timely and efficient wayand provides value for money for the state.

PPPs provide an effective mechanism for ensuring that project risks are allocated to the party, either the private or public sector, which is best able to manage those risks. A PPP can assist government to contain costs and help to ensure that infrastructure continues to serve its purpose effectively throughout its planned life.

2. What does the Private Sector do in a PPP for new schools?

Plenary Schools has successfully tendered for the Queensland Schools project.

Plenary Schools will be responsible for the construction and on-going maintenance of schools over a 30-year period.

The consortium will have day-to-day responsibility for maintenance, cleaning, janitorial and schools officer (grounds-keeping) staff.

These schools will operate as Independent Public Schools with School Councils and Community groups remaining integral to each school's community.

The core school and education services will remain the responsibility of the Department of Education and Training (DET). In essence, the private sector delivers and maintains the facilities while the department is able to concentrate on the delivery of educational services.

3. Where will the new PPP schools be built?

The Queensland Schools Planning Commission has identified a need for new schools in a number of growth areas. This project comprises ten new schools in high-growth areas of Caboolture, Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains.

4. When will the schools be built?

The schools will be built in two stages, with stage one of each school to be completed for the start of the following school years:

2015

2016

2017

5. Is there anything special about the buildings in these schools?

The designs for the QLD Schools Project follow Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles including:

6. Will education services in a school delivered under a PPP be any different to services in schools delivered traditionally?

All educational services will remain the responsibility of the Department of Education and Training, as will all areas of the school requiring direct curriculum involvement with students. These schools, which are being built and deliveredby a PPP, will be no different in the way education is delivered.

Facilities management and on-going maintenance will however, be the responsibility of the private sector consortium Plenary Schools. The principal and educational staff will focus more intently on curriculum based school issues.

7. What is meant by Value for Money?

Value for money does not just mean the cheapest possible outcome. Value for money is about obtaining the best outcome for the State in the delivery of infrastructure across a number of factors, including price, quality of service delivery to the community, design amenity and sustainability of the arrangement.

8. What impact will PPP procurement have on existing schools and their staff?

The PPP delivery of the QLD Schools Project will have no impact on existing schools, or their staff, including teachers, teacher aides, cleaners and janitors. The schools to be delivered with the QLD Schools Project are new schools in developing areas and will provide facilities for new student demand.

9. What are the benefits of the QLD Schools Project?

The QLD Schools Project links the up-front design and construction of a school with the on-going maintenance and lifecycle operations. The community will be provided with well maintained facilities for the life of the school. This project puts the focus on maintaining the school facilities at a high standard for 30 years, as opposed to focusing solely on up-front construction. This allows for solutions that better meet the whole-of-life requirements of a school facility.

Under the QLD Schools Project, the private sector has the potential to gain efficiencies in the delivery of support services through various methods including providing facilities managers to optimise operations and implementing new technologies and innovations to more efficiently respond to service requests and ensure satisfactory performance.

These outcomes ,paired with the better matching of up-front design and construction with whole-of-life maintenance, ensures schools are kept at the high standard expected of school facilities.

10.What does this mean for the maintenance of school facilities?

Maintenance is fully budgeted for under the QLD Schools Project and high level service standards are set for the 30-year life of the partnership. If these service standards are not met, the private sector will be financially disadvantaged. The private sector has incentive to maintain the schools at these high levels, or it will lose part of its payment from Government.

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