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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 EALD 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.

South East region

  • Funds are split between Southern and Northern districts based on student data analysis. Funds are then distributed according to the July data to each school recorded with students at that time. Schools then work in cooperation with others or independently to provide support to refugee students and their families.

Darling Downs South West region

  • Funds are expended following consideration by a regional EAL/D management group.
  • Funds are used to provide additional support to develop proficiency in Standard Australian English (SAE) as well as to enhance opportunities to participate in and achieve the year-level curriculum expectations for their age cohort.
  • Additional funds can be used on direct intensive intervention, focussed teaching, collaborative support, differentiated teaching, capacity-building support, and programs to promote and enhance a supportive learning environment.

North Coast region

  • Funding supports the following areas:
    • Teacher Aide support for Refugee students
    • TRS for schools to support Refugee students
    • consumables and resources to support Refugee students
    • kilometric allowance for travelling teachers to visit Refugee students in outlying schools.

Central Queensland region

  • Funds are distributed to schools with refugees based on student numbers 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.

Data requirements

Data Source Time 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.

Payment details

Payment timelines and proportions will depend on individual regional methodologies.

How to apply

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

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Last updated 02 October 2018