A Government building programme of $6.1 billion-plus has been revealed, with education and defence taking the lion's share of new infrastructure and building work and each with 52 new building projects under way or about to start.

Shane Jones, Infrastructure Minister, yesterday released the first Government Infrastructure Pipeline report, which showed the scope of spending from now to 2021.

"Five departments and Crown entities have identified 174 projects with an estimated value of over $6.1b as having funding certainty or near certainty in the pipeline," a statement on the new report said.

Some of the largest projects are:
• New schools