The Department of Education provides recurrent and capital assistance to eligible non-profit organisations providing hostel accommodation in rural areas to accommodate geographically isolated primary and secondary students (including students with disabilities) so they may have daily access to schools.
The student hostel recurrent grant is a per capita grant designed to assist hostels with operational costs. The department strongly encourages expenditure of 40% on pastoral care services to students in hostels.
Continued payment is conditional upon the provision of a financial certificate signed by an auditor and the completion of a satisfactory statement of uses and benefits for the funds received in the previous calendar year. Student attendance is also certified by both the hostel management authority and school principal(s).
A subsidy of up to 50% is available for approved capital expenditure incurred by eligible organisations in maintaining, establishing, improving or equipping an approved student hostel.
Hostel management authorities must account for capital grant funds received by completing a financial statement and audit report, to be signed by a qualified auditor.
The Hostel Operators Tool Kit
For operators wishing to make application for financial assistance under the Student Hostel Support Scheme, please refer to the information contained within the
Hostel Operators Tool Kit (DOCX, 440KB).
Duration of program
Paragraph 368 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Part 9) (PDF, 2.1MB)
Student Hostel Support Scheme Procedure
All benefits are conditional upon hostels being approved to receive funding. Hostels must demonstrate triennially that they continue to meet hostel general funding conditions.
Form of assistance
Payment details for Student Hostels Assistance — recurrent assistance
|Semester 1||March||Students are in attendance for at least four weeks prior to claim being submitted|
|Semester 2||August||Students are in attendance for at least four weeks prior to claim being submitted|
|Supplementary||November||Students are enrolled between August and October|
|During financial year of approval||Up to 50% of approved project costs|
Student hostel recurrent grant
Rates of payment for recurrent grant from 01 January 2019:
- first 20 students, $4,312 per student per annum
- each additional student $3,761 per student per annum
- minimum grant per hostel $15,925 (hostels with 8 eligible students or less will receive the minimum grant until enrolments increase or while the hostel retains approval status).
Up to 50% of approved project costs up to a maximum of $50,000 per hostel per annum.
Data requirements for Student Hostels Assistance — recurrent assistance
|Student names, home addresses, boarding dates, schools attended, years enrolled||Hostel||March, August, November|
|Financial certificate and statement of uses and benefits||Hostel||Second semester|
Data requirements for Student Hostels Assistance — capital grant
|Intention to apply for capital funding in the following financial year||Hostel||December|
|Financial statement and audit report||Hostel||Accompany next financial certificate for recurrent funding|