Special Circumstances Funding

Special Circumstances Funding provides financial help to eligible schools when unexpected circumstances or events cause severe and temporary financial difficulty.

This help is available where the eligible school has exhausted all other sources of assistance. Schools must be capable of resuming operations in a manner satisfactory to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment within two years of the financial assistance being provided.

Further information about Special Circumstances Funding can be found in the Special Circumstances Funding fact sheet.

School approved authorities seeking assistance under this program should complete and submit the Special Circumstances Funding Application Form.

Want to know more?

Call the Special Circumstances Funding program manager on 1800 677 027 (option 6).

Email ComplianceHelpline@education.gov.au

Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance fund

The Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020.  Funding will help cover hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser and classroom cleaning products to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More information is available on the Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance page.

2019/20 Drought Relief

On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide $10 million in Special Circumstances Funding for non-government schools impacted by the ongoing drought conditions. In January 2020, the Government increased the amount of support for drought-stricken schools to $20 million.

Further information on the outcome of this dedicated funding round can be found on the 2019/20 Drought Relief – Funding for non-government schools webpage.

Want to know more?

Call the Special Circumstances Funding program manager on 1800 677 027 (option 6).

Email Schools-DroughtRelief@education.gov.au

2019 Queensland floods

On 26 March 2019, the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide up to $4 million in Special Circumstances Funding for non-government schools impacted by this year’s floods across parts of northern Queensland.

Further information on this dedicated funding round, including the application form and instructions can be found on the 2019 Queensland Floods – Funding for non-government schools webpage.