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Remote Kindergarten Appropriation


Under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education 2016-17 (a new agreement is under negotiation with the Australian Government for 2018), the Queensland Government committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to access kindergarten in the year before school. While more than 95% of Queensland children attend kindergarten, access for children in remote communities remains a challenge, with participation estimated to be approximately 86.2% in 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The remote kindergarten pilot (the pilot) provides children in rural and remote communities the opportunity to attend a kindergarten program in a face-to-face environment. The kindergarten program is delivered by the existing classroom teacher in a composite class setting with support from a teacher aide.

Duration of program

The pilot will be delivered for the 2018 school year.


Schools eligible to participate in the pilot met a number of eligibility criteria, including being at least 50 kilometres from the nearest approved kindergarten program. In 2018, the pilot will continue to deliver kindergarten through the existing 38 prescribed remote state schools.

Allocation of funds

Per 0.5 FTE registration$50.25per annum
Equipment grant$5,000.00one off
Teacher aide allowance (20 hours per week)$35,130.73per annum
Consumables$1,000.00per annum
Teacher 0.54 FTE (3 identified schools only)$52,403.40per annum
Disability inclusion supportVariousAdhoc

One School cost centre 290600 should be used to expend funds.

Travel costs associated with professional development opportunities for principals, teachers and teacher aides will be based on actual travel costs and verified by the Program Manager.

Where the acceptance of kindergarten registrations exceeds the school's capacity, schools may apply, in consultation with their regional office, for additional resources. These will be considered on a case by case basis and subject to budget considerations.

Payment details

PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid
AnnualMarch, May, September, November100% or pro-rata
One offMarch, May, September, November100%
Adhoc - PD and disability paymentsIn line with monthly payments100%

Data requirements

Data itemData sourceDue date
Number of kindergarten
children registered
One School data extractionFebruary (Term 1)
April (Term 2)
August (Term 3)
October (Term 4)
Appointment of teacher aideOne School data extractionFebruary (Term 1)
April (Term 2)
August (Term 3)
October (Term 4)
Professional development (PD) attendanceAttendance record and reimbursement claimAfter PD completed

Recoupment policy

Funds are paid on the basis that eligible kindergarten children are registered and attending the kindergarten program. Recoupment may be sought if the payment was made based on incorrect data, in error or where kindergarten children are non-attendees or exit the school.

A detailed payment and recoupment policy is available upon request. Please email

Further information

For further information please refer to the remote kindergarten pilot page on the QED website or the contact details below.


Early Years Innovation,
Programs and Services,
Early Childhood and Community Engagement
Telephone: (07) 3328 6761

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