The ACT government will begin planning for a new college in Canberra's north as part of a big budget spend on school infrastructure.
As Gungahlin's population continues to swell, the government will launch a $600,000 feasibility and design study into a new college in the north catering to Year 11 and 12.
An extra 92 full-time teachers and learning aides will also be recruited over the coming years, with $9.9 million set aside in 2019-20 to begin growing their ranks.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the ACT's latest budget had a strong school focus, with 24 per cent of funds set to flow to education.
Four extra school psychologists will be recruited on top of the 20 mental health practitioners the government has already pledged to deploy by 2020. Five still need to be hired by the end of the year to meet that original target.
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A new student extension partnership will be created with the University of Canberra, similar to the model already in place with the Australian National University.
Gifted students will be offered accelerated pathways into university courses in the disciplines of design, behavioural science, psychology, commerce and exercise science. The partnership is still in its early stages, with $767,000 in total funding to kick in from next year.
Vice-president of university relations and strategy Belinda Robinson said the program would offer students an early taste of life at university but the final courses on offer were still to be agreed between UC, the government and the Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
Also revealed in the budget was $1 million earmarked under the education directorate's occupational violence reforms which will now beef up its internal response team from five staff to nine, allowing for more tailored case management in schools affected by violence as well as monitoring of incidents against teachers.
Nine schools will also get heating upgrades worth $15 million over the next four years.
On Tuesday, the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens' Associations' welcomed the investment in school infrastructure and occupational violence reforms.
"One of the biggest challenges for our schools at the moment is growth," President Kirsty McGovern-Hooley said.
But the parents' body said it was disappointed there were no new initiatives flagged to help students impacted by violence.
"Council is concerned that targeted resources are required to support students experiencing violence in schools, Ms McGovern-Hooley said.
"We have been working closely with the Directorate on community-based solutions and are seeing that more can be done in this space. This is a complex issue that requires a targeted approach for staff, students and parents."
There was also no commitment to "properly fund" school libraries.
Ms McGovern-Hooley said strong libraries were needed now more than ever as students and teachers navigated a growing tide of misinformation online.
"We know that public schools are much less likely to have teacher librarians than other schools," she said
Tuesday's budget followed announcements on Monday that a new primary school and high school will be built in Gungahlin, and transportable classrooms trucked in to expand a number of north-side schools as population projection work is launched into future student demand across Canberra.