Cooler Classrooms

The NSW Government is committed to providing students with healthy and comfortable learning environments.

That’s why we’ve invested a record $500 million to provide a sustainable air conditioning program for NSW schools.

To ensure the NSW Government responds to the needs of students in the hottest parts of the State, we will provide air conditioning in classrooms and libraries at schools that experience a mean maximum January temperature of 30°C and above. Schools that experience a mean maximum January temperature below 30°C can apply for funding to receive air conditioning in their classrooms and libraries. This will allow more schools to benefit from air conditioning than ever before.

As part of this work, we will assess the current state of any existing air conditioning or air cooling and the works that may be required to provide new systems or to replace existing systems.


Program update

Applications for the second round of funding are now closed.

The first schools to benefit from Cooler Classrooms have been announced. More than 900 schools will be the first to have new air conditioning systems installed in their classrooms and libraries, benefiting tens of thousands of students.

Frequently asked questions

What is the January temperature of my school?

To learn whether the mean maximum January temperature of your school is above or below 30°C degrees, type the school name in the search bar above.

What does this mean for schools above 30°C?

Schools 30⁰C and above don’t need to do anything. School Infrastructure NSW will be in touch with principals as the program rolls out.

What does this mean for schools below 30°C?

Round one applications for funding for schools with a mean maximum January temperature under 30°C have now closed.

The application review process is complete and schools receiving funding under the first round of Cooler Classrooms have been announced.

Applications for the second round of funding have now closed.

What about schools with planned or in progress major works?

In addition to the hundreds of schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms Program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools under the Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years. To see if there is an upgrade or new school in your area, search for a project.

What are the benefits of air cooling in classrooms?

The smart air conditioning systems provide the best possible learning environments for our students and deliver benefits beyond air cooling. These benefits include better air quality and comfort and increased awareness of sustainability and energy use. For more information, download the Benefits beyond cooling brochure.

How will classrooms and libraries be heated in the cooler months?

As part of Cooler Classrooms, we’re installing reverse cycle air conditioning in eligible permanent learning spaces and libraries. Where we install reverse cycle air conditioning, existing unflued gas heaters will be removed. If and where we need to, supplementary flued gas or electric heaters will be retained or installed.

For more information on the program, download the Cooler Classrooms brochure.

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