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Smart School Subsidy Scheme (SSS Scheme)


The Smart Schools Subsidy (SSS) Scheme aims to contribute to 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, Training and Employment (DETE).

The SSS Scheme is supportive of innovative infrastructure projects.

Expenditure guidelines

The Principal of the relevant school must be the person to apply for funding under the scheme. This restriction on who may apply has been made for a number of reasons. In particular, any funding received will be granted to the school and placed in the school bank account. As a result, the Principal will be responsible for funds being used appropriately and ensure the project is delivered within required departmental and legislative requirements.

Each school community may only submit one application in each funding round. Each application is to be for one project scope only.

Examples of eligible projects

Examples of projects that meet the aim and outcome of the SSS Scheme and have been approved in past funding rounds include:

Projects ineligible for funding under the SSS Scheme

Duration of program

Funding will be available from 1 July 2014

Policy reference



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 initiate projects seeking funding under the SSS Scheme, including the Parents and Citizens' Associations, local councils and local sporting or community organisations.

Please refer to the Program Guidelines

Form of assistance

Cash Grant

Payment details


During month of

Proportion of allocation paid


In line with the monthly payment

As per the guidelines and co-contributions

Allocation of funds

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.

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.

Funding will be available from 1 July 2014. This needs to be factored into the project schedule and cash flows.

Data requirements

As per the schemes guidelines


Senior Facilities Services Officer
Asset Maintenance Unit
Telephone: (07) 3034 4854

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