Accelerated Modernisation Scheme

The Accelerated Modernisation Scheme (AMS) is being introduced to accelerate the modernisation of teaching and learning environments in schools.

About the scheme

The Accelerated Modernisation Scheme is a 5 year funding programme starting with schools in the 2018/19 5YA cycle. Schools may be eligible for a 100% increase in the 5YA budget, up to a maximum of $200,000.

Schools eligible for other funding over and above baseline 5YA funding (such as Budget Plus) can also access AMS funding for a qualifying project. This supports schools to undertake both essential infrastructure works (Priority 2) and modernisation works (Priority 3).


10YPP Priority 3 works

AMS funding can be applied to a Priority 3 project identified in the schools' 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) to modernise teaching and learning environments. This might be:

  • an identified Priority 3 project which has been scaled back to align with the available budget
  • a project that's been deferred to Years 6-10 of a 10YPP
  • a newly identified Priority 3 project which supports the school's strategic vision for school property.


If a Priority 3 project to modernise teaching and learning environments is identified in the 10YPP, schools can access AMS funding by:

  • submitting the 10YPP to the Ministry by 30 November in the first year of the 5YA
  • letting the contract for the AMS project or be actively progressing the project by 31 May in the first year of the 5YA.

Accessing AMS funding

To speed up the process to access AMS funding, we're temporarily loading AMS budgets against the school's 5YA in the next 5YA cycle (from 2018/19 to 2022/23).

If there's a qualifying project agreed in the 10YPP, schools will be able to access this funding. If a qualifying project is identified after the 2018/19 10YPP has been signed and agreed, the plan can be reviewed and updated.

If schools don't have a project which qualifies for AMS funding, schools are unable to meet the qualifying timeframes, or there's a portion of AMS funding not required for an agreed AMS project, the full or remaining AMS funding will be returned to us.

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