- New Direct to Market categories introduced to give schools greater flexibility to organise their own minor works and maintenance
- Program allows schools to manage projects up to the value of $50,000
- Schools can select their own service providers to deliver value for money
New project categories have been added to the Department of Education's Direct to Market (D2M) program, giving Western Australian public schools more flexibility to organise their own minor works and maintenance projects.
The program allows schools to select their own service providers to deliver value for money and supports local jobs by encouraging schools to connect with local contractors.
The 12 new categories include upgrades and installation of play equipment, resurfacing of basketball and netball courts and play area repairs, minor roof works, and installation of bike racks, jump pits or basketball/netball hoops.
D2M was introduced in 2018 to give public schools flexibility in sourcing services directly from community contractors.
From this month, schools can procure minor works and maintenance services across
36 project categories.
In July 2021, the value of works allowed under the program was raised from $20,000 to $50,000 (including GST).
Participation in D2M is voluntary and does not require public schools to complete a formal registration or sign-up process.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"School leaders and administrators know their schools best, including their maintenance and other needs.
"Our latest expansion of the Direct to Market program will give WA public schools more autonomy to ensure their facilities and amenities are suitable for the delivery of a high-quality education.
"The new work categories give schools more flexibility to engage local community contractors directly to complete a range of different jobs.
"It's important that schools have access to local services to best meet the needs of their students and school communities."
Minister's office - 6552 5700