Education Dept will need to build a lot of new classrooms

If there is a new Campbell Newman-led Government in Queensland next year, as the polls are suggesting, it will need to assess the budgetary implications of a large increase in the number of school students, before it commits funds to building tunnels, bridges or roads.  In a draft report on the Schools Workforce (p. 21), the Productivity Commission presented these interesting figures from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations:

The big increase in projected student enrolments for Queensland is most likely due to both high numbers of interstate migrants (until recently) who were disproportionately of child-bearing age and the recent surge in our fertility rate.

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