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Student Hostels Assistance


The Department of Education provides recurrent and capital assistance to eligible non-profit organisations providing hostel accommodation in rural areas to accommodate geographically isolated primary and secondary students (including students with disabilities) so they may have daily access to schools.

Recurrent assistance

The Student Hostel Recurrent Grant is a per capita grant designed to assist hostels with operational costs. The department strongly encourages expenditure of 40% on pastoral care services to students in hostels.

Continued payment is conditional upon the provision of a Financial Certificate signed by an auditor and the completion of a satisfactory Statement of Uses and Benefits for the funds received in the previous calendar year. Student attendance is also certified by both the hostel management authority and school principal(s).

Capital assistance

A subsidy of up to 50% is available for approved capital expenditure incurred by eligible organisations in maintaining, establishing, improving or equipping an approved student hostel.

Hostel management authorities must account for capital grant funds received by completing a Financial Statement and Audit Report, to be signed by a qualified auditor.

Duration of program


Policy reference

Section 368 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 External Link

Student Hostel Support Scheme Procedure External Link

All benefits are conditional upon hostels being approved to receive funding. Hostels must demonstrate triennially that they continue to meet hostel general funding conditions.

Recurrent assistance

Assistance can occur when:

Capital assistance

Assistance can occur when:

The forms

Student Hostel Recurrent Grant Claim Form Microsoft® Word document 50K

The Kit

Hostel Assistance Kit 2018 Microsoft® Word document167K

Form of assistance

Cash grant

Payment details

Recurrent assistance

Payment details for Student Hostels Assistance - recurrent assistance
PaymentDuring month ofEntitlement paid if
Semester 1MarchStudents are in attendance for at least four weeks prior to claim being submitted
Semester 2AugustStudents are in attendance for at least four weeks prior to claim being submitted
SupplementaryNovemberStudents are enrolled between August and October

Capital assistance

During month ofEntitlement paid
During financial year of approvalUp to 50% of approved project costs

Current rates

Student Hostel Recurrent Grant

Rates of payment for Recurrent Grant from 01 January 2018:

Capital grant

Up to 50% of approved project costs up to a maximum of $50,000 per hostel per annum.

Data requirements

Recurrent assistance

Data requirements for Student Hostels Assistance - recurrent assistance
Data requiredData sourceTime collected
Student names, home addresses, boarding dates, schools attended, years enrolledHostelMarch, August, November
Financial Certificate and Statement of Uses and BenefitsHostelSecond Semester

Capital grant

Data requirements for Student Hostels Assistance - capital grant
Data requiredData sourceTime collected
Intention to apply for capital funding in the following financial yearHostelDecember
Formal applicationHostelMay
Financial Statement and Audit ReportHostelAccompany next Financial Certificate for recurrent funding


School Financial Resourcing
Telephone: (07) 3034 5825
Facsimile: (07) 3034 5890

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