The purpose of the Schools Upgrade Fund (SUF) is to provide more equitable access to resources to support schools to help keep students and school staff safe, and get students’ education back on track after disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Schools Upgrade Fund Round 2 - Government Schools
The SUF Round 2 will support government schools invest in larger-scale capital fund projects, such as new classrooms, building refurbishments, outdoor learning spaces or major upgrades. A minimum of $250,000 (GST exclusive) of funding must be committed to each project.
Applications open Tuesday 31 October 2023 and close at 11.59 pm AEDT on Thursday 29 February 2024.
Round 2 funding will be needs based, prioritising schools experiencing the greatest disadvantage. Project funding will prioritise:
- projects that support schools with a low Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) value
- eligible projects for disadvantaged schools that have not received significant capital funding in the past two years (that is, projects valued at $250,000 or more in 2022 or 2023).
- projects that support schools that cater to disadvantaged students, such as:
- special schools
- special assistance schools or
- majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools.
The Schools Upgrade Fund Round 2 Government School Guidelines provide more information on eligible projects and should be read carefully before applying.
Schools are encouraged to consult with their relevant state or territory education department early to seek their assistance with project scoping and costing.
Schools must have the support of their state or territory education department to apply for funding under Round 2.
You can find contact details for your relevant department of education in state and territory contacts.
All applications for funding under Round 2 need to be made via the online application form.
About the fund
The $275.2 million Schools Upgrade Fund will deliver funding over two years to improve school facilities across the country.
This funding will help schools to provide their students with improved learning facilities in a COVID-19 safe environment.
$53.6 million will support projects in schools, including:
- A Targeted Round providing $21.6 million for capital projects, as announced as part of the Government’s 2022 election commitments.
- An Open Round providing $32 million for much needed improvements to learning facilities including the purchase of air purifiers, upgrading ventilation systems, building outdoor learning spaces, upgrading ICT equipment, and urgent repairs.
A further $215.8 million will be provided in 2023 to help public schools meet the cost of important infrastructure projects such as new classrooms, buildings or other major refurbishments and upgrades. The Government will work with state and territory governments to distribute this funding based on need.
$21.6 million is being invested for priority projects, as announced as part of the Government’s 2022 election commitments.
From 28 November 2022 to 24 February 2023, all schools (both government and non-government) were able to apply for project funding of up to $25,000.
The 1,337 successful schools were notified in May 2023, with funding delivered in June 2023. A list of schools receiving funding under the Schools Upgrade Fund Open Round is now available.