Schools and Schools Maintenance The Schools Planning Commission estimates that over 100,000 new student places in over 40 new schools will be needed by 2021 across Queensland. This broadly equates to approximately 79,000 new state school students and up to 1,300 additional state school classrooms. Of the 1,300 classrooms, the Department of Education and Training (DET) expects that 700 will be required over the forward estimates (2014-15 to 2018-19). While the majority of these would be delivered in existing schools, some new state primary schools will be required. DET’s capital program has been under pressure for many years. The annual capital program has been prioritised towards accommodating growth, resulting in significant maintenance and asset renewal backlogs. Funding for new schools has been provided on an ad hoc basis, while at the same time DET has been constrained in terms of the rationalisation of the existing asset base. In the last three years, funding has been provided to help address the maintenance backlog liability. This funding has halted the growth in backlog maintenance, but with its cessation growth in backlog maintenance will resume over the forward estimates period.