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Smart School 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 and Training.

The SSS Scheme is supportive of innovative infrastructure projects.

Duration of Program


Policy Reference

For further details on the Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme please refer to: (DETE employees only)


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 June of prior year with program approval in June the following year. Applications are assessed and prioritised by the Regional Assessment Panel. Following a technical review by central office delegates the applications will be sent to the State-wide Assessment Panel for consideration.

Submission of an Expression of Interest and subsequent 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 submits an Expression of Interest (EOI) to their Regional Facilities Officer with a copy also sent to the SSS Scheme Program Coordinator. EOI forms are available from the school's Regional Facilities Officer.

Central office delegates undertake a technical and functional review of the EOI's and provide feedback. Applicants whose projects meet the aim and objective of the SSS Scheme are invited to submit an application. Feedback with recommendations to manage any project risks will be provided to address in the application phase.

The School Principal submits an application (including quotes, plans and cost-plans) to their Regional Facilities Office with a copy sent to the SSS Scheme Program Coordinator.

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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