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Funding is critical to the success of education institutions Australia-wide. As a result, students attending both private and public schools (and their teachers) should be afforded equal access to educational resources — and funding is the key.

In 2024, Commonwealth recurrent funding for schools is estimated to total $29.2 billion. This includes $11.3 billion to government schools, $9.9 billion to Catholic schools and $8.1 billion to independent schools. This funding is paid to states and territories, then distributed to approved authorities, and then administered directly to schools. State and territory governments provide most of the public recurrent funding for government schools, whereas the Australian Government provides most of the public recurrent funding for non‑government schools.


However, a 2023 independent report by Adam Rorris, which studied how current school funding agreements can deliver on the needs of all Australian school students by looking at financial projections until 2028, found a disparity in funding between government and private schools.

Mr Rorris found for the 2023–28 period, “private schools begin from a position of major overfunding against their minimum SRS (Schooling Resource Standard) levels in 2023 (overfunded by $800 million). By 2028 they are still in a position of overfunding ($140 million above SRS levels). For public schools, the "official" SRS funding gap moves little from a shortfall of $4.5 billion a year in 2023 to $3.7 billion a year in 2028.”

 

"If the Commonwealth and state/territory governments do not increase their funding commitments to a minimum of 100 per cent of the SRS, the shortfall in funding received by public schools will be between $6.2 and $6.5 billion every year for 2023-28."

 

The next National School Reform Agreement and bilateral school funding agreements are due to be negotiated between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments this year.

In 2023, the Australian Government released a review highlighting three priority areas for this next agreement:

  • Equity: to improve outcomes and address student needs, especially for those most at risk of falling behind.

  • Wellbeing: to ensure all students and staff feel supported and belong.

  • Workforce: to grow and diversify the workforce and ensure teachers and other educators are well supported to strengthen their practice and collaborate.

 

On this page, we have curated funding information from national, state and territory governments. We have highlighted a selection of grants — both private and government — to ensure your school is reaching its full potential.

For easy browsing and to save time researching, our team has done an extensive deep dive into budget reports, websites and databases to curate this information for your school. This information has been categorised based on topic, which correlates to the topics in our biannual resource guide.

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To get you started, EduAccess has curated the following grants, from a variety of sources:

Real School Grant

Closing date:
31/10/24

Grant amount (AUD):

$5,000

To improve the quality of school resources, Real Insurance provides funding to schools and school groups/committees across Australia through the Real Schools Grant. It is offered annually to one school and/or school group/committee. 

Kids Tennis Program

Closing date:
01/11/24

Offers grants to schools and clubs to provide free before-and-after school tennis programs for disadvantaged kids. The program focuses on building confidence through rewarding positive behaviour, teaching valuable resilience skills and promoting social connections. Accredited coaches are on hand to deliver fun tennis activities and supply all the equipment needed directly to the school, levelling the playing field for kids who may otherwise not have the opportunity to try the sport.

Grants up to (AUD):

$3,500

Research Block Grants

Closing dates:
Always open

Grants up to (AUD):

Unspecified

Research block grants (RBGs) provide funding to eligible Australian higher education providers (HEPs) to support research and research training, and are established under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA). RBG funding is allocated on a calendar year basis and calculated using program-specific formulae. Funding is awarded based on the relative performance of each HEP in attracting research income and supporting students to complete higher degrees by research (HDRs).

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Our team has broken down government funding into the following categories (see below), which directly relate to the categories in our resource guides. Further grant opportunities are
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  • Academic Support
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $239.7 million to make the HELP system fairer by improving the way HELP indexation is calculated. This will have the effect of wiping around $3 billion for more than 3 million Australians. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $350.3 million to deliver FEE-FREE Uni Ready courses to prepare students for university. This is expected to increase the number of students taking part in these courses by 40 per cent by 2030 and double the number of students by 2040. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $12.5 million in partnership funding to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Corporation (NATSIEC), the peak body for First Nations education, and $16.6 million to SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children – the peak body for First Nations children. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $32.8 million for the Clontarf Foundation to continue support for up to 12,500 First Nations boys and young men and their engagement in education in 2025. Read more QUEENSLAND From 2023 to 2025, approximately $290 million will be allocated to Queensland state schools annually as part of the Investing for Success (I4S) program. Read more From 2021 to 2024, up to 120 state schools are being assisted through $8 million in Queensland Government funding to establish an after-school homework centre. This initiative provides students with onsite supervision by teacher aides and includes a resource grant for schools to support implementation. Read more To help support the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) learning needs of school-aged dependants of international students and bridging visa students, ongoing funding is available for eligible Queensland state schools. Read more To assist schools in the implementation and delivery of bilingual education for deaf students using Australian Sign Language (Auslan) to communicate, funding is allocated by Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services to support these students in Queensland state schools. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The New Arrivals Program targets support to English as an additional language or dialect EAL/D students in primary schools and rural and regional secondary schools by providing funding for additional staffing. Read more Students with disability who are in mainstream classes in departmental schools may be eligible to access integration funding support. Funding is currently for staffing costs only and assists in engaging additional teachers and school learning support officers (SLSOs) to assist with personalised learning and support for students. Read more Education Future Fund: permanent literacy and numeracy tutoring programs in primary and secondary schools in a $278.4 million program and $17.8 million for the Community Languages Schools Program. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes measures to reduce workload pressures for teachers and Inclusion and Career Coaches at high-priority schools in the Tuggeranong region. Read more p.13 VICTORIA $20 million to expand refugee education support programs that improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with a refugee background and their families. Read more $20 million to identify and support early school leavers who are lost or disengaged from the education and training system. Read more $13 million to offer education programs for young people who are at risk of disengagement from school, including targeted support for African and Pasifika young people. Read more $5.7 million to deliver I CAN to support students with autism. Read more TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $5 million to continue the $10 million investment in outdoor learning areas and $9 million to continue the $10 million contemporary classrooms program. Read more p. 14 To improve literacy outcomes in Tasmania, the State Government’s Literacy Advisory Panel final report outlined 23 priority recommendations, resulting in $6.5 million over four years allocated in the 2023-24 Budget for the Literacy Community-wide Framework. Read more $36.6 million to increase in-class support through 66 extra positions in 2023, increasing to 100 extra positions in 2025 and through 25 Education Support Specialist positions in 2023. Read more p. 18 NORTHERN TERRITORY In addition to the Northern Territory’s (NT) recurrent funding ($214.7 million in 2023), between 2018 and 2027, the Australian Government is providing an additional $78.5 million in transition support for NT government schools to support school education. Read more The Australian Government provides funding for state education services through National Partnership payments, including the Northern Territory (NT) Remote Aboriginal Investment agreement. This supports the NT in improving schooling for First Nations children and making communities safer and healthier. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA $325.1 million for delivery of primary and secondary education, including increased supports for students with a disability and eligible students with an additional language or dialect. Read more $93.4 million for the WA training sector, including new and expanded initiatives that support students in the regions to access training, women to enter apprenticeships in non-traditional fields, and for Aboriginal people to gain employment. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA $10.2 million over four years to establish a Regional Skills Development Fund that will ensure TAFE SA can offer more courses in rural and regional South Australia, aligned with the needs of local industry and government priorities. Read more p. 23
  • Activities and Recreation
    QUEENSLAND A subsidy of up to $130 per student is available for financial assistance towards school camps in Outback Queensland. Funds are allocated at rates according to round-trip distance travelled and are paid directly to schools after meeting eligibility requirements. Read more The Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program provides a subsidy to primary and secondary school students in Queensland undertaking excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. The three-year program will provide up to $150 per student paid directly to schools, with applications open now for excursions up until December 2024. Read more ​ VICTORIA In 2020, the Victorian Government invested an additional $160.9 million for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund over four years. This funding helps ensure more than 220,000 government and non-government students from lower-income families can participate in camps, sports and excursions each year. Read more TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $3.4 million to upgrade and reopen the Glen Dhu Swimming Pool, $8 million for the new Eastern Shore multi-sports facility at Bayview Secondary College, and $40,000 for the upgrade of the Woodbridge School Oval. Read more p. 14
  • Air Quality
    NEW SOUTH WALES Clean Air Schools is a non-invasive, $1.9 million air quality program to monitor air quality in a selection of NSW public schools during 2023 and 2024. This program is a shared initiative from the Department of Education and the University of NSW. Read more ​ VICTORIA As with the regular maintenance of school assets, school staff do not need to undertake the maintenance and cleaning of air purifiers themselves. Schools can choose to use Student Resource Package (SRP) funding and other school funds. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), including air cooling, heating and fans. Read more
  • Architecture and Design
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $18.2 million to build new and improve existing boarding school facilities in Central Australia. Read more The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure, if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more QUEENSLAND The state capital assistance scheme provides Queensland Government funds to assist eligible non-state schools to provide, convert, refurbish and upgrade educational facilities or boarding accommodation. Read more Queensland state schools (including state primary, high, middle, special education and distance education schools) are eligible to seek funding from the School Subsidy Scheme for infrastructure projects of $50,000 and above. The maximum subsidy value provided to each project is $500,000. Read more The Queensland Government allocated $5 million from a maintenance budget for painting projects in smaller schools. Read more Queensland Government establishment appropriation funds are designed to assist schools with establishment costs for a myriad of purposes, including Business education centres at new schools, new Manual Arts workshops and Home Economic kitchens, and resource centres. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The NSW Government is increasing investment in schools, TAFE and public preschools with $9.8 billion over the next four years. This includes 24 new and 51 upgraded primary and high schools in Western Sydney ($3.5 billion over four years) and 19 new and 35 upgraded schools in regional New South Wales ($1.4 billion over four years). Read more 2023-24 State Budget invested $849 million in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, which includes fast-tracking $769.3 million for 100 new preschools on public school sites and $60 million towards new and upgraded non-government preschools. Read more ACT The 2023–24 Budget brings funding for infrastructure projects to more than $360 million. This includes a new college in Gungahlin, the modernisation of Telopea Park School, more infrastructure upgrades across Canberra schools, design work for a new college in the Molonglo Valley, the modernisation of Fraser Primary School, the expansion of Forrest Primary School, and the expansion and modernisation of North Ainslie Primary School. Read more p.13 TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $63.6 million to build the new $74 million Brighton High School. Read more p. 14 WESTERN AUSTRALIA $227 million for new and upgraded school infrastructure and $100 million for major upgrades at Rockingham and Safety Bay Senior High Schools. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA $9 million over three years for equipment and capital grants to support TAFE SA, not-for-profit and industry-based providers to invest in contemporary infrastructure. Read more p. 23
  • Arts, Crafts and Office Supplies (Grant Opportunity)
    QUEENSLAND Grant opportunity: Good360 Membership Program. Enables members to select brand new goods for their program, including school notebooks, donated by leading Australian brands and retailers. Because these goods are spare stock and free, members just pay a small shipping and handling cost. If you are an ACNC-registered charity or school with an ICSEA of less than 1,000, you can register for free. Read more The Rural and Remote Arts Education Program allows rural and remote schools to participate in arts education activities. Delivered in partnership with the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art up until 2025, participating schools’ travel-related costs are reimbursed as well as replacement costs to cover teachers travelling for the program (Teacher Relief Scheme). Read more The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland state and non-state schools. One school from each region coordinates the regional exhibition annually and is therefore provided with $3,000 in funding. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Creativity for Schools Program offers funding support to connect Western Australian creatives with schools. The two program categories, Collaboration and Residency, will support access, participation and overall engagement for students in transformative creative learning experiences, and develop educators to use creative pedagogy across curriculum areas and beyond. Applications close Saturday 1 June 2024 to primary and secondary schools in WA. Read more
  • Audio Visual and Soundproofing
    ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes upgrades to the Canberra Institute of Technology’s (CIT) information and communications technology (ICT) systems and trades training equipment. Read more p.13 WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as electrical works. Read more
  • Canteen Food and Beverage (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. Provides educational resources, professional development, support and inspiration for educators to deliver pleasurable food education to children in Australia. Read more QUEENSLAND As part of the Queensland Government’s Equity and Excellence commitment, the 2023–24 State Budget delivered $29 million in extra funding for state school tuckshop upgrades. This includes for new facilities, catering appliances and equipment, stainless steel benches, and commercial sinks and tapware. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES Education Future Fund: doubling the School Breakfast 4 Health program to 1,000 schools for $8 million. Read more VICTORIA The Victorian Government has committed $69 million over four years to continue the delivery of the School Breakfast Clubs Program to 1000 government primary, secondary, specialist and P-12 schools across Victoria. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for boiling water units. Read more
  • Catering and Kitchen Supplies (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. Provides educational resources, professional development, support and inspiration for educators to deliver pleasurable food education to children in Australia. Read more
  • Commercial Cleaning
    QUEENSLAND Until 2024, the Certificate III Cleaning Operations program offers a face-to-face/online professional development opportunity delivered by TAFE Queensland, designed to upskill the Queensland Department of Education’s cleaning staff. Read more To assist schools with the purchase of cleaning equipment, chemicals and consumables, and the repair of cleaning equipment, funding is calculated and paid automatically each year to eligible schools. Read more
  • Educational Resources (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: Real School Grants Program. To improve the quality of school resources through funding. Grant amount: $5,000. Applications close Thursday 31 October. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $20.0 million for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation to provide scholarships for students to access and complete secondary school or undertake tertiary study. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $5.5 million to expand the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children program from 20 trial schools to up to 100 schools nationally in remote and very remote locations. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $5.3 million to extend the Good to Great Schools Australia Pilot Program to enable more remote school students to benefit from explicit instruction support in literacy, numeracy and science. Read more QUEENSLAND The state recurrent grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs. The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for curriculum development and implementation. Read more Behaviour Management Plan funding is provided to state primary, secondary and special schools to ensure short-term alternative education programs for students at risk of or on suspension for six to 20 days. It also assists schools by providing annual stock and requisites, petty cash and equipment, and materials for the behaviour management teacher. Read more Early Start—back to basics is a fund designed to assist state schools in implementing and responding to Early Start literacy and numeracy monitoring tasks with Prep to Year 2 students. A fixed annual budget of $5.746m is allocated to schools. Read more With a total funding budget for 2023 at $200,000, the ongoing First Nations Languages Program is designed to assist schools with additional resourcing required to work in partnership with local Language Owners to co-design, co-plan and co-deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language programs. Read more Funds are provided to Education Queensland International accredited schools to support the development of programs and strategies for international students. The duration will vary according to the ongoing program but in most cases, programs are short-term. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes measures to reduce workload pressures for teachers and Inclusion and Career Coaches at high-priority schools in the Tuggeranong region. Read more p.13 VICTORIA $40 million to develop lesson planning and curriculum material aligned to the new Victorian Curriculum F‑10 to help ease the workload of Victorian teachers and deliver better outcomes for students. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA $93.4 million for our training sector, including new and expanded initiatives that support students in the regions to access training, women to enter apprenticeships in non-traditional fields, and for Aboriginal people to gain employment. Read more $24.3 million commitment to support improvements to the WA Curriculum, including adopting and adapting Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum for WA schools and the development of resources to support teachers in the classroom. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA $10.2 million over four years to establish a Regional Skills Development Fund that will ensure TAFE SA can offer more courses in rural and regional South Australia, aligned with the needs of local industry and government priorities. Read more p. 23
  • Flooring
    NATIONAL The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure, if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more ACT The 2023–24 Budget brings funding for infrastructure projects to more than $360 million. This includes a new college in Gungahlin, the modernisation of Telopea Park School, more infrastructure upgrades across Canberra schools, design work for a new college in the Molonglo Valley, the modernisation of Fraser Primary School, the expansion of Forrest Primary School, and the expansion and modernisation of North Ainslie Primary School. Read more p.13 WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for vinyl floor coverings. Read more
  • Furniture and Fittings
    WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as furniture works. Read more
  • Health and Hygiene
    QUEENSLAND In 2021, the GPs in Schools Pilot started providing funding to establish an on-site GP clinic at selected Queensland state secondary schools until 2024. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES Education Future Fund: doubling the School Breakfast 4 Health program to 1,000 schools for $8 million. Read more VICTORIA $105 million to support engagement and learning by continuing programs that deliver school breakfasts, affordable school uniforms, and glasses for kids. Read more NORTHERN TERRITORY The Australian Government provides funding for state education services through National Partnership payments, including the Northern Territory (NT) Remote Aboriginal Investment agreement. This supports the NT in improving schooling for First Nations children and making communities safer and healthier. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA Public school secondary students at more than 220 public schools have access to free period products, with $6.4 million allocated over the forward estimates to improve students' access to period products to support student engagement and outcomes. Read more
  • Landscaping
    NATIONAL The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure, if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more QUEENSLAND The state recurrent grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs. The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for maintaining the school's land and buildings. Read more Ongoing funding to assist with future capital costs of purchasing or replacing grounds maintenance equipment such as tractors and ride-on mowers is allocated to eligible state schools. Read more To assist with grounds maintenance costs, funding is allocated to state primary schools with fewer than 200 students and without a Schools Officer (SO), as well as state primary schools with enrolments greater than or equal to 650. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for grounds watering reticulation, soft landscaping and gardens. Read more
  • Lifestyle
    QUEENSLAND To assist in establishing suitable accommodation and welfare arrangements for unaccompanied international students enrolled in Education Queensland International (EQI) student programs, ongoing funding is available for EQI-accredited state schools. Read more Ongoing funding is allocated to assist schools with the administration and management of tenancies arising from employee housing in rural and remote Queensland locations. State schools and education units are eligible where a Local Accommodation Committee (LAC) administration is conducted. Read more Safe and appropriate teacher housing in regional and remote communities will be provided with $48.3 million over 4 years through the 2023–24 State Budget. The state capital assistance scheme provides Queensland Government funds to assist eligible non-state schools to provide, convert, refurbish and upgrade educational facilities or boarding accommodation. Read more
  • Management Software
    QUEENSLAND Queensland Government establishment appropriation funds are designed to assist schools with establishment costs for a myriad of purposes, including pre-opening administration assistance for the creation of new school administration systems. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes upgrades to the Canberra Institute of Technology’s (CIT) information and communications technology (ICT) systems and trades training equipment. Read more p.13
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $34.6 million to make evidence-based curriculum and student wellbeing support and professional development materials available to all teachers and school leaders through a National Teacher Resource Hub. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $4.2 million to the Australian Government Contribution to the Australian Schools Anti-Bullying Collective to continue their critical work including the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and anti-bullying programs in schools. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $4.0 million for Together for Humanity to expand their social cohesion programs into more schools. This will expand their reach into underrepresented jurisdictions and communities as well as increase activities aimed at addressing all forms of discrimination in schools, in particular antisemitism and Islamophobia. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $1.0 million to establish an inquiry into racism in the universities sector. The inquiry will examine the prevalence and impact of racism in universities and develop recommendations to ensure a culturally safe environment for students and staff. Read more QUEENSLAND Until 2023, rural and remote state schools in Centre for Learning and Wellbeing catchments are eligible for a funding allocation to access professional learning opportunities and wellbeing support. The Centre for Learning and Wellbeing budget is $31.1M over four years and is supplemented by the Remote Ready Project. Read more To assist Schools of Distance Education in providing counselling and support to home tutors, fixed allocations of up to $3,500 is allocated per school. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES Education Future Fund 2023-24 Budget: 250 additional school counsellors to support students with mental health needs and disabilities. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes measures to reduce workload pressures for teachers, the expansion of the Safe at Schools Taskforce, and Inclusion and Career Coaches at high-priority schools in the Tuggeranong region. Read more p.13 VICTORIA The Victorian Government allocated $200 million to employ dedicated mental health support staff in primary schools throughout the state. The extra funding will be used to train and employ 1,800 teachers as mental health and wellbeing leaders through the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and University of Melbourne by 2026. Read more ​ $20 million to expand refugee education support programs that improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with a refugee background and their families. Read more $4.6 million to deliver the Safe Schools program to support LGBTIQ+ students. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA $35 million over five years for government and non-government schools to participate in the Commonwealth funded National Student Wellbeing Program, which provides pastoral and secular wellbeing care services. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The State Government is currently increasing the size of the School Psychology Service (SPS), with plans to recruit an additional 100 school psychologists to provide services in schools by 2025 at a cost of $42.2 million over 4 years, of which $6.4 million will be directed to non-government schools. Read more $38.6 million to improve the wellbeing of students through pastoral care services and student support strategies under the National Student Wellbeing Program. Read more
  • Music and Performing Arts (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: Bennelong Foundation Grants. Supports programs that provide access, equity and inclusion opportunities to education and training, or that support and build pathways to meaningful employment. These programs may build learning skills through art or music programs. Applications reopens 10 July. Read more $1.5 million over four years (announced in 2023) for Bell Shakespeare to continue its National Education Program, which reaches more than 80,000 students and teachers across the country annually. The program includes live theatre performances, professional development opportunities for teachers — including a regional teacher mentorship program –— and resources for classrooms. Read more $1.1 million over four years (announced in 2023) to support the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Teachers Mentoring Program, enabling experienced music teachers to share their expertise with generalist classroom teachers to ensure students have access to quality music teaching in Australian schools. Read more $500,000 (announced in 2023) to provide disadvantaged schools more teaching artists, resources, and materials, to inspire learning across art forms, with a particular focus on music and fostering personal and creative development in students. Read more $320,000 (announced in 2023) to bring poetry, theatre and spoken word productions to schools across every state and territory — including in regional and remote locations — building young people’s confidence with language. Read more QUEENSLAND Funding for Queensland state schools with identified and approved Choral Fanfare (held every two years) regional coordinators is allocated for the management of regional events for Creative Generation Fanfare. Read more Further funding is provided to assist state schools in the coordination of Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN) rehearsals and performances. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Creativity for Schools Program offers funding support to connect Western Australian creatives with schools. The two program categories, Collaboration and Residency, will support access, participation and overall engagement for students in transformative creative learning experiences, and develop educators to use creative pedagogy across curriculum areas and beyond. Opens 23 April 2024 to primary and secondary schools in WA. Read more
  • Playgrounds and Play Equipment
    NATIONAL The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure, if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more QUEENSLAND The Eat Right, Play Right, Learn Well program launched in 2022 with a $20 million fund for playground and tuckshop upgrades at schools in high-priority, disadvantaged communities. The 2023–24 State Budget delivered $29 million in extra funding. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for synthetic turf and tree pruning. Read more
  • Professional Development
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $34.6 million to make evidence-based curriculum and student wellbeing support and professional development materials available to all teachers and school leaders through a National Teacher Resource Hub. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $2.0 million for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Initiative which supports building the cultural responsiveness of teachers. Read more $3.5 million to help teachers manage classrooms through a range of free, evidence-based resources. Read more $1.5 million over four years (announced in 2023) for Bell Shakespeare to continue its National Education Program, which reaches more than 80,000 students and teachers across the country annually. The program includes live theatre performances, professional development opportunities for teachers — including a regional teacher mentorship program –— and resources for classrooms. Read more QUEENSLAND The state recurrent grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs. The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for teaching and general staff salaries, professional development, and curriculum development and implementation. Read more Queensland funding is ongoing and awarded for low-value and low-volume professional development undertaken by school staff where a central or regional office has given approval to meet costs. Read more Curriculum support funding is allocated to assist schools with implementing syllabus professional development activities. Read more Funding is allocated to eligible schools to assist with replacing staff who attend Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher assessor training workshops, and assessors eligible for Teacher Relief Scheme (TRS) who are required to undertake assessments while currently working in schools. Read more Ongoing funds are allocated to assist Queensland state schools with the replacement of their principal to attend the Principal Induction SIMposium program, which aims to ensure that newly appointed principals have the skills and knowledge needed to drive school improvement. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES Funding for professional learning for all school staff is allocated through the School Budget Allocation Report (SBAR) and must be effectively aligned to professional learning initiatives in each school’s Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP). Read more Students with disability who are in mainstream classes in departmental schools may be eligible to access integration funding support. Funding is currently for staffing costs only and providing release for classroom teachers to undertake professional learning relating to the funded student. Read more VICTORIA $205 million to support and develop more world‑class teachers in Victorian schools to improve student educational outcomes across the state. Read more As part of a $40 million investment, teachers will have access to professional learning programs and other resources to support them in implementing the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Read more NORTHERN TERRITORY Grant opportunity: the Remote Aboriginal Professional Learning Grant is available to remote and very remote Northern Territory schools. This grant offers financial support to assist Aboriginal assistant teachers in their professional learning and development. Schools can utilise the grant for the acquisition of specific equipment for work/study or for targeted training or professional development opportunities. Applications close 28 June 2024. Read more
  • Professional Services
    NATIONAL 2024–25 Federal Budget: $427.4 million to deliver a Commonwealth Prac Payment to support teaching, nursing (including midwifery) and social work students complete their university placements. This will provide $319.50 per week to more than 73,000 eligible students who undertake mandatory prac as part of their degree. Read more The Australian Government has established the $25 million Workload Reduction Fund. This fund is designed to enable states and territories to pilot new approaches to reduce teacher workloads and maximise the value of teachers' time. Read more The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more $28.3 billion in Quality Schools funding (for government and non-government schools in all states) to improve educational outcomes. This includes recurrent funding, capital funding, non–government school reform support funding, Choice and Affordability Fund funding, and other prescribed purpose funding. Read more QUEENSLAND The state recurrent grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs. The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for teaching and general staff salaries, professional development, curriculum development and implementation, maintaining the school's land and buildings, and general operating expenses of the school. Read more Additional resourcing packages—unexpected staffing is an annual process that considers school-based requests for compensation after financial distress is caused by unbudgeted costs of replacing classroom teachers. Read more Ongoing funding is provided to assist special schools with the ability to fund Administrative Assistance Enhancement Program AO2 support. Read more Financial cover is provided to schools and other educational sites for loss of, or damage to, claimable items as a result of a specific incident. Read more To assist schools with recovery costs caused by an event that requires a coordinated response by the state (natural disasters, pandemics, severe weather events, etc.), funding is available for eligible schools. Read more VICTORIA $105 million to support engagement and learning by continuing programs that deliver school breakfasts, affordable school uniforms, and glasses for kids. Read more TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $7.5 million to complete the $8 million electrical switchboard maintenance program and $3.9 million for the $6.3 million student bathrooms program. Read more p. 14 SOUTH AUSTRALIA $4.2 million over four years to increase the grant to The Smith Family to support an additional 700 students per annum in the Learning for Life program. Read more from the 2023–24 Budget $12.2 million over four years to provide revenue relief reflecting development in the skills system, including introducing fee-free training in priority courses. Read more p. 23
  • Renovations and Refurbishments
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $18.2 million to build new and improve existing boarding school facilities in Central Australia. Read more The Capital Grants Program provides funding to non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve infrastructure, if they do not have enough capital resources. Read more QUEENSLAND The state capital assistance scheme provides Queensland Government funds to assist eligible non-state schools to provide, convert, refurbish and upgrade educational facilities or boarding accommodation. Read more In 2022, the Queensland Government announced that existing school buildings would be expanded and improved, with five schools to be opened in 2025 and 2026. This is the result of a $1.9 billion infrastructure investment. Read more The 2022–23 State Budget invested $220 million in funding for additional classrooms at existing schools experiencing in-catchment enrolment growth. Further, $181.5 million for major renewal projects at 36 schools and $108.9 million for six special education schools. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The NSW Government is increasing investment in schools, TAFE and public preschools with $9.8 billion over the next four years. This includes 24 new and 51 upgraded primary and high schools in Western Sydney ($3.5 billion over four years) and 19 new and 35 upgraded schools in regional New South Wales ($1.4 billion over four years). Read more 2023-24 State Budget invests $849 million in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, which includes fast-tracking $769.3 million for 100 new preschools on public school sites and $60 million towards new and upgraded non-government preschools. Read more ACT The 2023–24 Budget brings funding for infrastructure projects to more than $360 million. This includes a new college in Gungahlin, the modernisation of Telopea Park School, more infrastructure upgrades across Canberra schools, design work for a new college in the Molonglo Valley, the modernisation of Fraser Primary School, the expansion of Forrest Primary School, and the expansion and modernisation of North Ainslie Primary School. Read more p.13 TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $63.6 million to build the new $74 million Brighton High School. Read more p. 14 SOUTH AUSTRALIA $100.2 million for government school and preschool upgrades, including $64.7 million over four years for urgent capital works to address capacity pressures and condition and compliance works. Read more from the 2023–24 State Budget $25 million in 2023–24 to upgrade, repair or replace assets at over 50 metropolitan and regional government schools and preschool sites across South Australia. Read more $9 million over three years for equipment and capital grants to support TAFE SA, not-for-profit and industry-based providers to invest in contemporary infrastructure. Read more p. 23 WESTERN AUSTRALIA $227 million for new and upgraded school infrastructure and $100 million for major upgrades at Rockingham and Safety Bay Senior High Schools. Read more $27.2 million for high-priority maintenance works at public schools and $6.8 million for upgrades at Agricultural Colleges around the state. Read more
  • Safety and Security
    ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes measures for the expansion of the Safe at Schools Taskforce. Read more p.13 VICTORIA The Safe Tree Program is now open to government schools applying for help in assessing, managing or removing high-risk trees on their grounds. Schools must manage trees on school sites as part of their occupational health and safety responsibilities. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for security screens and locks and keying systems. Read more
  • Solar and Sustainability (Grant Opportunity)
    QUEENSLAND The Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program is reducing energy costs at more than 800 state schools through the installation of solar systems and other energy efficiency measures. The investment of $168.1 million for the program will deliver approximately 61.4 megawatts of solar to the Queensland Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy goal by 2030. Read more NSW Grant opportunity: Bin Trim Rebates Program. Provides rebates of up to $50,000, covering up to 50 per cent of the capital cost of small-scale, on-site recycling equipment or technology for schools. Read more Grant opportunity: Sustainable Future Grants. Provides financial assistance to help primary and high schools, early learning centres, and not-for-profit community organisations implement sustainability projects. In 2024, there is a grant pool of $35,000 to support projects aimed at water conservation, waste management, and energy efficiency. Applications close Friday 31 May 2024. Read more TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $4.3 million to continue the $5 million Renewable Energy Schools Program, delivering solar panels in more than 100 schools. Read more p. 14
  • Sport (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: National Court Rebate (NCR). NCR is Tennis Australia’s facility funding program assisting affiliated venues, local councils and schools to create positive environments for the long-term success of tennis in Australia. Projects supported by the program range from developing new courts, upgrading existing facilities, building or line-marking Tennis Hot Shots courts, Tennis Australia’s Book a Court with integrated gate access technology, major projects, and strategy and planning. Read more Grant opportunity: The Australian Sports Commission partnered with more than 35 key national sporting organisations (NSOs) and national sporting organisations for people with a disability (NSODs) to help deliver a quality Sporting Schools experience. Sporting Schools offers grant opportunities for primary schools and targeted grant opportunities for secondary schools to support the delivery of sport-based programs. Term 3 applications open Monday 20 May 2024. Read more The Australian Sports Foundation helps schools nationwide raise funds for their sport. Read more QUEENSLAND Over a four-year period, the Queensland Government has committed $100 million to the Go for Gold Fund, which will build and upgrade school sports infrastructure and provide school sports equipment. Read more Ongoing admission and travel funding are allocated to assist schools with the provision of Learn-to-Swim programs. Eligible schools include state primary and special schools without a swimming pool, as well as Schools of Distance Education (excluding Capricornia). Read more VICTORIA The $45.4 million Active Schools initiative builds on existing programs and funding to boost support and resources for schools to get students moving. It includes a toolkit for school leaders and teachers, expert Physical Activity Advisors, and funding for schools. Read more TASMANIA $305.1 million for infrastructure projects delivering students better schools, education, and vocational training, including $3.4 million to upgrade and reopen the Glen Dhu Swimming Pool, $8 million for the new Eastern Shore multi-sports facility at Bayview Secondary College, and $40,000 for the upgrade of the Woodbridge School Oval. Read more p. 14 SOUTH AUSTRALIA $10.5 million in 2024–25 to support the commitment to deliver new gymnasiums at Brahma Lodge Primary School, Hillcrest Primary School, Ingle Farm East Primary School and The Pines School. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA The Direct to Market (D2M) program provides public schools with the flexibility to procure services direct from the market, including the ability to utilise local community contractors. Through this program, schools have the ability to use school funds to procure minor works and maintenance services of up to $50,000 (including GST), such as for synthetic turf. Read more
  • Staffing and Recruitment
    NATIONAL Federal budget 2024–25: $2.4 million to support a First Nations Teacher Strategy, as identified in the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan, through collaboration with First Nations stakeholders to attract and retain more First Nations teachers. Read more As part of a broader effort to address the national issue of teacher shortages and workload pressures, the National Teacher Workforce Plan was introduced in 2022. It includes a $328 million investment from the Commonwealth for additional university places for teachers, bursaries, and the expansion of mid-career professionals transitioning into teaching, and a $30 million Teacher Workload Reduction Fund. Read more QUEENSLAND The Queensland (QLD) Government 2022–2023 State Budget included an additional 675 teachers and up to 200 additional teacher aides in in QLD schools. Read more The state recurrent grant provides state government funds to assist eligible non-state schools in meeting recurrent costs. The governing body of a non-state school may use funds provided only for teaching and general staff salaries, professional development, and curriculum development and implementation. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The NSW Government is investing $125 million into growing the pipeline of new teachers through the Teacher Supply Strategy. Read more Education Future Fund: converting 10,000 teachers and 6,000 administrative staff to permanent positions, and a $20 million boost to the Innovative Teacher Training Fund to attract the best teachers. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes measures to reduce workload pressures for teachers. Read more p.13 TASMANIA 2023–24 State Budget: $15.4 million for more senior leadership roles in targeted areas of need, $19 million to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers, and $8.6 million to increase the number of professional support staff available in schools. Read more p. 18 $36.6 million to increase in-class support through 66 extra positions in 2023, increasing to 100 extra positions in 2025 and through 25 Education Support Specialist positions in 2023. Read more p. 18 WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2023–24 Federal Budget: $12.4 million allocated to provide additional regional incentives to teachers and school leaders to work in locations where demand for staff is the greatest. Read more
  • STEM Resources (Grant Opportunity)
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: Little Scientists Early STEM Education Awards. Biennial awards that recognise early childhood educators and early primary teachers driving STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths — education for children aged 0–7 years across Australia. Nominations close Friday 31 May. Read more Grant opportunity: Bennelong Foundation Grants. Supports programs that provide access, equity and inclusion opportunities to education and training, or that support and build pathways to meaningful employment. These programs may build numeracy and literacy skills and STEM capabilities for pre-school, primary school and secondary school students, and provide access to vocational training opportunities for adolescents and adults. Applications open Saturday 01 June. Read more 2023–24 Federal Budget: $128.5 million to fund 4,000 additional university places over the next four years, to deliver graduates from STEM disciplines (including professional engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and physics) to support the nuclear-powered submarine program and broader AUKUS priorities. Read more The Australian Government extended the existing Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships program (through to 2026-27) to allow more time for women to participate. The program provides $25.1 million to support employed women to pursue an industry-relevant pre-bachelor higher education qualification in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields, part-time. Read more QUEENSLAND Ongoing funding is delivered to assist eligible schools with the replacement of equipment associated with Agricultural and Marine Studies Programs for grade 11 and 12 students. Read more The Agriculture Education payment is paid to secondary schools with an official agriculture department to assist with associated curriculum costs, which may include ongoing development of infrastructure, facilities and resources, or teacher professional development. Read more Queensland Government establishment appropriation funds are designed to assist schools with establishment costs for a myriad of purposes, including senior secondary science for new schools opening years 11 and 12. Read more The HarvestEd Agricultural student program is designed to enhance agricultural curriculum opportunities for rural and remote state school students, delivered in partnership with Queensland Virtual STEM Academy and Asia Education Foundation from 2022 to 2024. Read more The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education is designed to recognise students, teachers, STEM support officers, schools, leaders, volunteers, mentors and organisations that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to STEM education in Queensland. State schools, non-state schools and tertiary institutions are eligible, and awards under this program are $5,000 each. Read more VICTORIA Science and Technology teaching funding is allocated via each Victorian regional office to 14 secondary or primary/secondary combined schools in remote or isolated areas. The allocation is based on the SRP teacher average rate and the EFT is advised by the region. Read more
  • Technology
    NATIONAL The Australian Government is investing $91.7 million in a new platform to improve the way they manage funding and reduce the administrative burden on schools and higher education providers. The existing platform used by the Department of Education to manage school and higher education funding (the Australian Government provides $28 billion for government and nongovernment schools and $18 billion to higher education providers annually) is based on ageing technology, as well as manual and other inefficient practices. Read more QUEENSLAND Ongoing funding for IT support staff in state schools is allocated by the Queensland Government. Read more ACT The 2023–24 ACT Budget provides $400 million in additional funding over four years to support education and skills, bringing expenditure to $1.7 billion. This includes upgrades to the Canberra Institute of Technology’s (CIT) information and communications technology (ICT) systems and trades training equipment. Read more p.13 VICTORIA Science and Technology teaching funding is allocated via each Victorian regional office to 14 secondary or primary/secondary combined schools in remote or isolated areas. The allocation is based on the SRP teacher average rate and the EFT is advised by the region. Read more In 2023, the Victorian Government invested $116 million to build 6 new Tech Schools and establish a Clean Energy Equipment Fund. Tech Schools offer opportunities for teacher professional learning, which can be tailored to meet a school or teachers’ needs. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA SA launched a new Digital Strategy for public schools and preschools to ensure students build the digital skills they require to thrive and secure the jobs of the future. Read more $515,000 over two years to support government secondary schools to implement a ban on mobile phone use. Read more from the 2023–24 State Budget $9 million over three years for equipment and capital grants to support TAFE SA, not-for-profit and industry-based providers to invest in equipment and technology. Read more p. 23
  • Transport
    QUEENSLAND In 2023/24, SchoolBUS funding is available to replace eligible buses being used on kilometric and fares-based routes for which the delivery partner holds a Prescribed School Service Contract. Read more In 2023, the Queensland Government announced a $1.9 million boost over 5 years for the Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS). Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA The 2023–24 SA Budget allocated $15.8 million over four years to replace the existing Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands’ fleet with four-wheel-drive buses, and to replace existing large buses in the regions. Read more
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