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National School Chaplaincy Program.



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PRIME MINISTER

NATIONAL SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM

It gives me great pleasure to announce the outcome of Round One of the National School Chaplaincy Program.

The overwhelming majority of schools made a strong case for the benefits that new or enhanced school chaplaincy services could provide to students in those schools. Accordingly, I have decided to allocate an extra $25 million to the program, enabling the Government to provide funding to 1392 schools in Round One, a total of almost $77 million over three years.

This commitment brings the total value of the program to $115 million over three years and allows for $38 million to be allocated in Round Two.

More than over 1500 applications from individual school communities were received for funding under this program of up to $20,000 for three years. This high demand for chaplaincy services indicates that there is a real desire for pastoral care and spiritual guidance in Australian schools.

A full list of successful applications is at: www.dest.gov.au/schools/chaplains. Of the schools that were successful in obtaining funding, 77 per cent are government schools and 55 per cent are using this funding to establish a totally new chaplaincy service in their school. A summary of the successful applications by state and sector is attached.

Round Two will commence in early July and schools who have not yet applied will have an opportunity to seek funding. I know that a number of schools who have not yet applied have been consulting with their communities in preparation for this second funding round, and I expect there will again be an enthusiastic response. Those schools whose applications were unsuccessful in Round One will also have an opportunity to strengthen their applications for reconsideration in Round Two.

I would like congratulate all the schools that have been successful in obtaining funding in Round One.

27 June 2007

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Attachment A

Successful Round One National School Chaplaincy Program Applications

SCHOOL TYPE ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA TOTAL

Non-government 6 86 4 65 43 4 78 40 326

% Non-government 30 51 31 14 19 11 29 20 23%

Government 14 82 9 385 182 34 195 165 1066

% Government 70 49 69 86 81 89 71 80 77%

Total successful applications per state

20

168

13

450

225

38

273

205

1392