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State Government Chaplaincy/Student Welfare Funding Program


To assist schools to engage the services of a chaplain or student welfare worker to provide additional social, emotional and spiritual support to students.

State schools do not directly employ chaplains/student welfare workers, and are required to engage a chaplain/student welfare worker through an Accredited Employing Authority (AEA) that offers chaplaincy/student welfare services.

Duration of Program


Policy Reference

Chaplaincy / student welfare services

Further information regarding use of the funds can be found in the Funding Guidelines 255K. Microsoft® Word document


State Schools

In 2007, 128 state primary and secondary schools with the largest student populations in the lowest Broad Socio-Economic Grouping were identified to participate in the program. In 2012, the Queensland Government committed a further $1.129 million (of which $885,000 was provided to state schools) to support schools with access to chaplaincy/student welfare services, and an additional 21 schools were able to join the program. Selection criteria for new schools included schools in the low and mid-low range of the Broad Socio-Economic Grouping, with enrolments greater than 100 students, and not receiving funding for chaplaincy/student welfare.

Funds under this program are fully committed.

Allocation of Funds

Funding is allocated according to the following formula:

Data Requirements

The AEA is required to provide quarterly reporting to the Department of Education and Training which includes information on:

Payment Details







How to Apply

Funds under this program are fully committed.

Schools may choose to engage a chaplain or student welfare worker through community raised funds, or through the National School Chaplaincy Program and Student Welfare Services Program (2016-2018) if successful in their application for funding under these programs.


State Schools Division
Telephone: (07) 3513 5827

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