Release type: Joint Media Release


Upgrade funding applications closing soon for public schools


The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm
Assistant Minister for Education
Assistant Minister for Regional Development

Public schools have until 29 February to apply for funding of at least $250,000 to build or upgrade vital infrastructure.

Round 2 of the Albanese Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund (SUF) will provide $215.8 million in funding and be targeted at public schools with the greatest need.

Grants can be used for large scale capital works such a new classrooms, buildings refurbishments and playgrounds.

This builds on the $53.6 million in School Upgrade Funding the Albanese Government has already announced earlier this year.

Government schools with the greatest need will be prioritised – including schools with high numbers of students from a low-socio economic background, First Nations Students, and students with disability and schools which haven’t received significant capital funding in the last two years.

The Government will work with State and Territory education departments to distribute project funding. 

Eligible schools can apply for funding at

Applications close at 11.59 pm AEDT on Thursday 29 February 2024.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“Applications are closing soon for public schools to apply for grants starting at $250,000 to build or upgrade infrastructure.

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on.

“From upgrading art rooms and tech rooms to new outdoor equipment and replacing demountables, this funding will deliver upgrades to government schools that need it the most. 

“This is another important step in delivering on the Albanese Government’s commitments to build a better and fairer education system.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Education Anthony Chisholm:

“Our schools deserve great infrastructure and quality equipment to help students achieve their best – no matter where they live, or what their background may be.

“To be a smart and innovative nation, we need to ensure that all Australians have the same opportunities and access to a supportive learning environment.

“This is a great outcome and I’m thrilled that we can deliver this funding to much-needed projects at schools across Australia.”