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Refugee program

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Purpose

To assist schools with refugee students, especially those with complex learning, social and psychological needs.

Types of possible activities:

  • language tuition
  • homework assistance
  • counselling
  • interpreter services
  • job preparation
  • intensive teaching or teacher aide support
  • development of supporting educational materials (on-line) that can be used state-wide.

Duration of program

Ongoing

Eligibility

Schools with refugee students.

Allocation of funds

Funds are allocated to the seven regions based on the number of "weighted" refugees per region. The weightings are calculated on the number of refugees classified as being either "New Arrivals"; "1st year (not new arrivals)"; "2nd year"; and "3rd year".

Regions then manage these funds on the following basis:

Metropolitan region

  • Funds are managed following consideration by a regional EAL/D and refugee Working Party as follows:
    • Funds are distributed to schools with eligible refugee students.
    • Funds are also used to provide regional services including the employment of officers to provide links between community/family and the school, resourcing of specific initiatives, and the development of resources.
    • Where a school notifies the region of a reduction in their refugee numbers, recoupments of residual funding may be requested from the school.

South East region

  • Program funding is distributed to schools based on OneSchool refugee student enrolment data.

Darling Downs South West region

  • Program funding is distributed to schools based on OneSchool refugee student enrolment data.

North Coast region

  • Funds are distributed to schools that manage EAL/D support services for the region.

Central Queensland region

  • Funds are distributed to schools with refugees based on OneSchool student enrolments and identified need.

North Queensland region

  • Funds are distributed to designated refugee schools based on student numbers and identified need.

Far North Queensland region

  • Funds are distributed to designated refugee schools based on student numbers and identified need.

Payment details

Payment timelines and proportions will depend on individual regional methodologies.

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
Relevant student data (for regional budgets)ESL database maintained by Performance Monitoring and Reporting on advice from schools.Form is submitted on enrolment or transfer of eligible student or on cessation of support for the student.

How to apply

Schools can contact their local region to determine if they are entitled to any funding under this program.

Contact

Central Queensland
Telephone (07) 4842 8300

Darling Downs and South West
Telephone (07) 4616 3771

Far North Queensland
Telephone (07) 4037 3822

Metropolitan
Telephone (07) 3028 8052

North Coast
Telephone (07) 3203 9000

North Queensland
Telephone (07) 4758 3222

South East
Telephone (07) 5656 6688

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Last updated 19 March 2019