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Regionally allocated specialist support staff resource

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Purpose

To assist schools to provide for annual stock and requisites, equipment and materials for specialist support staff.

Duration of program

Ongoing

Eligibility

All State schools with specialist support staff are eligible.

Allocation of funds

Regions are provided with an annual budget to deliver resources to specialist support staff.

Regional allocations are calculated on an annual basis according to the following criteria:

  • $2,860 per annum for each Education Program Officer, Nurse, Speech- Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Student With Disability Teacher (including Advisory Visiting Teachers but excluding Special School Teachers)
  • $2,080 per annum for each Primary Learning Support Teacher (Literacy and Numeracy) and Psychologist
  • $1,040 per annum for each Guidance Officer and Senior Guidance Officer.

Regions then manage these funds as follows:

Metropolitan

Most funds are distributed to schools based on the following standard rates, per eligible specialist staff:

  • $1,400 per semester for an Education Program Officer, Nurse, Speech- Language Pathologist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Student With Disability Therapist, Advisory Visiting Teacher
  • $1,000 per semester for a Support Teacher (Literacy and Numeracy)
  • $500 per semester for a Guidance Officer and Senior Guidance Officer

Additional funding may also be provided to schools for the bulk purchase of resources to support specialist staff (e.g. standard testing materials for Guidance Officers).

Some funds are used by the region to deliver program outcomes.

South East Region

Funds are distributed to schools and locations hosting eligible specialist support staff, with some funds for the bulk purchase of restricted test materials.

Darling Downs South West Region

Funds are distributed to schools and locations hosting eligible specialist support staff.

North Coast Region

Funds are distributed to schools based on specialist staff allocations. Some funds are held by the region to manage program outcomes.

Central Queensland Region

Funds are distributed to schools according to the budget allocation (i.e. staffing numbers with an average weighting from the school grant index), within a fixed available budget. 

North Queensland Region

Funds are distributed to schools based on a weighting per specialist staff, adjusted by the school grant index, within a fixed available budget. Some funds may also be distributed to schools for the purchase of resources to support specialist staff (e.g. standard testing materials for Guidance Officers).

Far North Queensland Region

Funds are distributed to schools based on a weighting per specialist staff, adjusted by the school grant index, within a fixed available budget.

Payment details

Type Time Proportion

Semester 1

May

50% of annual allocation

Semester 2

September/October50% of annual allocation

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected

Numbers of specialist support staff

Day 8 Staffing Models (Students with Disabilities Staffing Model and Whole School Support—Student Learning Resource Model), Students with Disabilities Data Collection Return

February, March

School Grant Index

Centre Information System (CIS)As required

How to apply

Schools should contact their regional office to determine eligibility based on individual regional methodologies.

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 11 January 2021