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.
About the fund
The $270.8 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.
$50 million will support small-scale projects in schools, including:
- A Targeted Round providing $18 million for small-scale capital projects, as announced as part the Government’s 2022 election commitments.
- An Open Round providing $32 million for small-scale 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 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.
$18 million will be allocated to individual schools for small-scale capital projects, as announced as part of the Government’s 2022 election commitments.
Schools do not need to apply for this funding.
All schools (both government and non-government) will be able to apply for small grants up to $25,000 to help improve ventilation and air quality and make small school improvements, like building outdoor learning spaces, upgrading ICT equipment, and urgent repairs.
More information on the application process will be available soon.
Note: The program appropriation includes implementation costs.