School Modernisation


School Modernisation Program

Garran Primary School first welcomed students in 1967. Today, more than 50 years later, it is a thriving school attended by more than 600 students from Preschool to Year 6.

With continuing high enrolment growth and priority enrolment demand, the ACT Government will undertake a significant modernisation of Garran Primary School to meet the school’s current and future needs.

In the 2021 – 2022 ACT Budget, $970,000 was provided to commence the planning and design work for the modernisation of Garran Primary School.

On 21 March 2022, it was announced that the ACT Government has committed further funding for construction and modernisation of Garran Primary School.

This funding will include the delivery of all new learning areas, specialist learning environments, administration facilities, community facilities including a gymnasium, external hard courts, external learning and play spaces, as well as additional car parking and improvements to school access.

The new learning areas are scheduled to be completed by the 2025 school year. Detailed staging plans for the redevelopment will be shared through the design consultation once completed.

Community consultation

The ACT Education Directorate engaged Purdon Planning to facilitate a community consultation for the Territory Plan Variation TPV (rezoning) of part of the land surrounding Garran Oval and accommodate the modernisation of Garran Primary School. The opportunity for community to provide feedback and comments on the partial rezoning has now closed.

Next steps:

Have a question?

You are encouraged to speak to the school leadership team at any time. The project team will be working closely with principal Jenny Priest throughout this process.  Alternatively, you can email  ACT.Education@act.gov.au.

If you have any questions about the Garran Primary School modernisation project, please email  ACT.Education@act.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a modernisation?

The construction of new learning areas is scheduled to be completed by the 2025 school year. Detailed staging plans for the redevelopment will be shared through the design consultation once completed.

What happens in the design phase?

The design phase will assess all existing infrastructure, landscaping, site constraints, reports and school community inputs to develop the preferred master plan option. We will assess options to extend the site, respond to the wider site context and address the interface with the neighbouring Canberra Hospital campus.

When will the design phase begin?

The ACT Government (Education Directorate and Major Projects Canberra) have engaged a design consultant to deliver the planning and design services. This work commenced early 2022.

In conjunction with the engagement of a design consultant, the ACT Government have engaged Purdon Planning to deliver the Territory Plan Variation (rezoning).

Purdon Planning have recently finalised the Territory Plan Variation (TPV) with all technical elements of the planning report, specialist reports (including traffic and tree assessments) and community consultation report being completed.

The TPV submission has been lodged for initial assessment and comment from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD). As part of this submission ACT Government Directorates are provided with the opportunity to review and comment on the initial TPV report, these comments are then addressed and responded to in the final TPV report.

The Project Team have finalised master planning stage for the modernisation of Garran Primary School, this was presented to the school community during September 2022. The Project Team are currently working through the Preliminary Sketch Plans which will then be developed further by the Head Contractor once they are engaged.

Progress updates and timelines will be shared as the information becomes available.

When will the construction phase begin?

The ACT Government (Education Directorate and Major Projects Canberra) have commenced the procurement process to engage a Head Contractor to deliver the detailed design and construction of the project.

Procurement commenced in August 2022, with an anticipated procurement completion by the end of 2022. An anticipated Head Contractor engagement will take place in early 2023.

The selected Head Contractor will work with the Preliminary Sketch Plans completed as part of the Design Consultants engagement, the Head Contractor will also work with the Town Planner to finalise the Territory Plan Variation (rezoning). Progress updates and timelines will be shared as the information becomes available.

When is the Garran Primary School modernisation expected to be completed?

The project team (ACT Education Directorate, Major Projects Canberra, and consultants) will engage with Garran Primary School community throughout the project, including regular communication through, newsletters, website and FAQ updates.

How can I be involved and where can I find out more?

The project team (ACT Education Directorate, Major Projects Canberra, and consultants) will engage with Garran Primary School community throughout the project, including regular communication through, newsletters, website and FAQ updates.