Keeping our commitments: Funding a National School Chaplaincy Programme
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
The Abbott Government is honouring its election commitment to continue the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.
This intiative will enable more than 2,900 schools across Australia to benefit from the services of a chaplain.
The 2014-15 Budget delivers $243.8 million over four years to fund the programme.
The previous government did not set aside any funding for the continuation of the programme after 2014.
The renewed programme will be returned to its original intent; to provide funding for school chaplains.
All schools will be invited to apply for the programme and can receive up to $20,000 per year. Schools in remote areas can receive up to $24,000 per year.
This renewed and re-focused programme will allow schools, especially those with higher levels of disadvantage, to provide much needed chaplaincy services to support their students.
The programme supports the Government’s Students First policy.
Under the Students First approach, the Coalition Government is working with the states and territories to focus on the four key areas in order to make a real difference for students. They are:
- improving teacher quality;
- increasing school autonomy;
- engaging parents in education; and
- strengthening the curriculum.
The Government is making decisions that repair the Budget, strengthen the economy and prepare Australia for the long-term challenges before us.