8 Apr 2024

Government warned companies not interested in building schools

From Morning Report, 7:28 am on 8 April 2024

The Government has been warned that companies that could build and operate schools think it is too risky and are not interested.

It has also been told financing school builds with public-private partnerships or PPPs, is unlikely to let the Crown dodge the risk of cost blowouts as much as it would like.

However, the advice to the Education Minister goes on to conclude that the PPP model could be rejigged to overcome these barriers.

Phil Pennington got the advice under the Official Information Act.

Pennington spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.