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Education Support Funding Program (ESFP)


To assist schools and regions to enhance education support to eligible students in out-of-home care, which is linked to goals identified through the student's Education Support Planning process and based upon an assessment of the student's needs in relation to:

Assistance provided through the ESFP should be to supplement, when required, the services and programs already provided by schools to support the academic, social and emotional needs of all students including, but not limited to, learning and disability support, and access to guidance officers, school-based youth health nurses, chaplains, youth support coordinators, student welfare workers.

Duration of Program



State Schools, Secondary Schools, and Special Schools that have eligible student enrolments and have submitted Education Support Plans to their Regional Office.

Allocation of funds

Each region should develop a Regional Action Plan based on:

Current regional methodologies:


South East Region

Darling Downs South West Region

North Coast Region

Central Queensland Region

North Queensland Region

Far North Queensland Region

Data requirements

DataSourceTime Collected
Data requirements as specified in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Regional and Central office data collection


Payment details

Payment timelines and proportions will change from year to year based on the school calendar and how each region assesses funding applications from schools. Contingency funding is generally assessed and paid on an ad-hoc basis.

Recoupment process

Schools receive funds based on individual students. If a student exits the school, refuses to engage in the service or program, or no longer qualifies for the program, recoupments of residual funding may be requested from the school.

How to apply

Access to funding under this program will depend on the specific regional funding allocation models. Please contact your local regional office for further information.


Should you require any further information, please contact your regional office as follows:

RegionPhone number
Central Queensland(07) 4842 8304
Darling Downs South West(07) 4616 3771
Far North Queensland(07) 4037 3822
Metropolitan(07) 3028 8052
North Coast(07) 3203 9000
North Queensland(07) 4758 3222
South East(07) 5656 6688

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