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Student Resource Package – School Infrastructure

Grounds Allowance (Reference 31)

The Student Resource Package (SRP) Grounds Allowance is provided to schools to ensure the grounds of the school are properly maintained.

The types of specific tasks that should be undertaken include:

  • gardens and grounds maintenance (including mowing)
  • landscaping work
  • sports field maintenance
  • drainage and flooding issues
  • asphalt works, paving, concrete pathways
  • fencing
  • tree management (unless part of the Safe Trees Program – see 6222 under Maintenance and Minor Works).

Schools that have already taken part in the Rolling Facilities Evaluation should be using the School Maintenance Plan portal to plan and schedule maintenance tasks.

For further information refer to School Maintenance Plans.


Grounds area (m2) rounded to 0 decimal places × Grounds allowance rate

Rates 2024

Grounds allowance rate = $0.60 per square metre

Reporting in CASES21

Expenditure should be allocated in CASES21 to the following:

  • Sub Program Code: 6502 – Grounds
  • General Ledger Account Code: 86505 – Ground Works
  • General Ledger Account Code: 26501 – Building and Land Clearing Account

Refer to the Finance Manual for Schools – Section 13 Asset and Inventory Management on PAL to establish if works should be capitalised.

SRP funding for Grounds Allowance is calculated at the Confirmed cycle using updated data and may be updated at the Revised cycle. Funding is allocated through cash funding. Grounds area is sourced from the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) annually.

Reference 31 of the SRP Guide, providing information on the grounds allowance including funding calculations and rates

Reviewed 31 December 2023

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