The State Government has introduced new low-interest loan arrangements to encourage the construction and refurbishment of private schools in key areas.
Education Minister Kay Hallahan today announced the move, which will see private schools built in areas where they complement Government facilities.
Mrs Hallahan said cheap loans would also be granted to private schools needing upgrades to accommodate full time pre-primary programs and growing numbers of students staying on to Year 12.
The Minister said the Government provided low-interest loans worth $25 million a year to non-Government schools.
"Private schools cater for about 25 per cent of Western Australia's school age population," she said.
"The loans scheme aims to ensure that needy private schools, such as community and parish schools, are able to provide facilities equivalent to that in the Government school system.
"The new loan categories announced today will allow for greater planning and co-ordination between the Government and non-Government school sectors.
"This is particularly important in country centres, where the construction of private schools can have a major impact on enrolments for surrounding Government schools."