Maintenance backlog grows

Funding not keeping up with school needs

The maintenance backlog within the Department of Education grew by an estimated $195 million in a year, the NSW Auditor-General’s department reported in December.

The backlog stands at about $732 million.

“This is due to maintenance funding not keeping pace with the growth in school maintenance needs,” the Auditor-General’s financial report on Education and Communities agencies states.

Total school maintenance funding increased from $321 million in 2013-14 to $347 million in 2014-15, but just $158 million of the $347 million was used to address backlog maintenance.

A spokesperson from the office of the Auditor-General said that they could not identify why the money was not spent appropriately without conducting a performance audit.