The Department of Education and Training (DET) is committed to providing high-quality facilities to support effective teaching and learning in a safe environment. DET will, through the Minor Works Program, respond to this commitment through minor new works and minor maintenance activities.
DET’s commitment to the delivery of the Minor Works Program includes funding support and specialist facilities advice for schools. Funding provided under this program is tied to facilities activities.
Minor works relate to minor maintenance and new work activities up to the value of $100,000 which may be arranged by a school community, independent of or in conjunction with other departmental or school works programs.
The following activities are outside the scope of the program:
- Acquisition of curriculum- or administrative-based equipment e.g. computers.
- Funding for staff positions e.g. Schools Officer.
- Activities covered by other non-facilities school grants.
- Activities included under the school’s general grant for example, carpet cleaning and pest control.
Key principles to deliver effective and efficient minor works programs include:
- Works are planned and integrated in support of school master planning or overall school strategic facilities planning.
- Planning activities include school community and regional facilities manager consultation.
- The primary purpose of minor works funding is for the acquisition or construction of minor capital items, built assets and infrastructure, therefore funding should be prioritised for this purpose.
- Sound internal controls are required regarding compliance with legislation and standards.
Schools may apply Minor Works Grant funding as a shared contribution for the completion of activities partially funded from special Capital Works Programs or the School Community Capital Improvement Grant. Schools may utilise this grant to supplement over-expenditure of their annual Asset Maintenance Program allocation. Annual Minor Works Grants may be accumulated to enable larger projects with an upper financial limit of $100,000 to be undertaken.
Funding is subject to annual checks by internal auditors to ensure that:
- The funds have been accounted for separately.
- The funds have been expended on bona-fide activities under this policy.
- The process used to expend the funds is in accordance with standard financial
management and purchasing practices.