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Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme (SSS Scheme)


To assist schools with the cost of school community facility (capital works) projects to enhance learning outcomes for students and the wider community.

The funding is initiated for capital works that fall outside of the scope of other capital works programs offered by the Department of Education.

The SSS Scheme is supportive of innovative infrastructure projects.

Duration of Program



All Queensland state schools (including state primary, high, middle, special education and distance education schools) or organisations within a state school's community are eligible to seek funding to initiate projects of $50,000 and above under the SSS Scheme. This includes Parents and Citizens' Associations, local councils and local sporting or community organisations.

Please refer to the Program Guideline for examples of eligible projects.

Allocation of Funds

A total budget of $5 million is offered annually. Applications close early November of the prior year with program approval in June the following year.

Submission of an application to the Regional and State-wide Assessment Panels does not guarantee funding of a project. Project approval is subject to funding availability and Ministerial approval.

Funds are paid to the relevant school and the principal will be responsible for funds being used appropriately and to ensure the project is delivered within required departmental and legislative requirements.

Data Requirements

Completed and approved applications are required to determine entitlements.

Payment Details

AdhocIn line with Monthly payment100%

Recoupment process

Recoupments of funds may be made from schools where a project does not proceed or there are savings as a result of the project costs coming under budget.

How to Apply

The school principal firstly discusses the proposed project with their Regional Infrastructure Advisor to obtain support for the scope of works. The school principal then submits an application that details the project scope and school financial contributions to the SSS Scheme Program Coordinator. A cost plan, site plan and preliminary drawings should be attached to the submission. Application forms are available from the SSS Scheme intranet page.

Applications close in early November of the prior year with program approval in June the following year.

Central office delegates undertake a technical and functional review of the applications and provide feedback to the Regional Assessment Panels. The panels will assess the applications against set criteria published in the program guidelines and assign a priority rating to the applications according to the total scores.

The prioritised applications will be sent to the state-wide panel who will assign the funding allocations according to the regional priority rating of submissions, total funding available and the need to share the funding broadly across the state.

The Minister for Education will approve the list of recommended projects in late June. Funding will be available from 1 July of the financial year to which the funding is assigned.

For more information please refer to the program guidelines and instructions.


Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme Program Coordinator
Infrastructure Services Branch
Telephone: (07) 3034 4854

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