Holding an official opening of a new departmental facility provides an opportunity for staff and the community to celebrate the work that has gone in to making the new facility possible.
It also is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by the State and Australian Government; by Parents and Citizens Associations; and by other members of the community in the forms of grants, fundraising, gifts and assistance in kind – as appropriate.
Schools, TAFEs and Early Childhood Education Centres (ECECs) may be required to hold an official opening or ‘recognition ceremony’ for major capital works projects.
These may include:
Official openings enable:
Australian Government funding of capital works projects usually requires an official opening or ‘recognition ceremony’ within a specified time of the project’s completion. This will be specified in the funding agreement.
The State Minister for Education, Training and Employment must be consulted regarding openings for significant capital works projects in schools (including BER projects), Trade Training Centres in Schools, ECECs (i.e. kindergartens, Child and Family Centres) and TAFEs.
(1) State Government funded projectsThe Minister will decide whether a capital works project will receive an official opening by the Minister or his/her representative.
(2) State Government funded projects with Australian Government contributionThe Minister, or his/her representative, officially opens the project.For all projects in this category, an official opening must be held within seven months of completion and the relevant Australian Government Minister must be invited to attend, or to send a representative to speak.
(3) Australian Government funded projects(e.g. BER – P21 and SLC, Trade Training Centres in Schools, and Child and Family Centres)The same protocols apply as in (2) above. However, the relevant Australian Government Minister, or representative, has the option of officially opening the facility. The State Minister decides whether he/she, or a representative, will attend the opening and whether to speak.
Principal, TAFE Director, ECEC Centre Director:
(1) For State Government funded capital works projects:
(2) For State Government funded capital works projects with minor funding (less than 50% of project cost) from Australian Government.
(3) For Australian Government funded projects
Capital Works Delivery
Principal/Institute Director/ECEC Director:
Regional Facilities Manager:
Office of the Minister for Education, Training and Employment:
(1) State funded capital works projects:
Required actions: Principal, TAFE Director, ECEC Centre Director
Regional Facilities Manager
(2) State Government funded capital works projects with minority funding (less than 50% of project cost) from Australian Government.
Schools/TAFE/ECECRequired actions: Principal, TAFE Director, ECEC Centre Director
State Government funded projects
Department of Education and Training funded capital works projects which have not received Australian Government funding. These projects may have received funding contributions from Parents and Citizens Associations; other State Government agencies, business and industry.
State Government funded projects with Australian Government contribution
State Government funded projects with minor funding (less than 50% of project cost) from Australian Government.
Australian Government funded projects
Capital works projects with Australian Government funding contribution of more than 50% of project cost.
An official opening of (usually) an Australian Government funded capital works project, such as a Building the Education Revolution (BER), Trade Training Centres in Schools (TTCIS), or Family and Child Care Centre project.
For further information, please contact:
Principal Planning Officer
Infrastructure Services Branch
Phone: (07) 3034 4629
DET employees, please contact:
Principal Planning Officer Infrastructure Services Branch Phone: (07) 3034 4629
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