The State Government is to invite private investors to build new schools in areas with rapid population growth.
Education Minister Kay Hallahan today said expressions of interest were being sought for the private sector to build two high schools and two primary schools worth $60 million.
Advertisements would be placed nationally tomorrow and in The West Australian on Saturday seeking proposals to build high schools at Ballajura and Warnbro and primary schools at Kinross and Merriwa in the northern suburbs.
Mrs Hallahan said private companies could build and own Government schools under new guidelines approved by the Lawrence Government.
There was wide scope for private investment in public infrastructure.
"Schools could be built by private companies and leased by the Education Ministry on a long-term basis. When the population ages and there is no longer a need for a school, it could be turned over to the community for another use," Mrs Hallahan said.
"In addition, the private sector could be involved in providing facilities such as a gymnasium, swimming pool, library or performing arts centre which is used by the school and the wider community.
"The scheme also paves the way for Government and non-Government schools to share facilities to save costs - which will be of particular benefit in country areas and rapidly expanding outer metropolitan areas."
Mrs Hallahan said the radical new approach to the design, ownership and management of schools was foreshadowed in the Premier's WA Advantage economic statement.
The scheme meant school facilities could be provided at a faster rate and with long-term cost savings to the Government.