Special Circumstances -School hygiene assistance fund for non-government schools

The Australian Government will provide $10 million in Special Circumstances funding to non-government schools to help them put appropriate hygiene protections in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

On 14 May 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced the Australian Government will provide $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. Special Circumstances funding will help to offset hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser, classroom cleaning products and additional cleaning services.

The first payments to be made under the fund have been calculated automatically taking into account school size and the response to the early access to recurrent funding process that closed on 2 May 2020.

Payments for eligible schools will be made to state and territory treasuries in June 2020.

This additional funding complements a range of initiatives available to support non-government schools to respond to COVID-19.

For further information on the funding round, email schoolsassurance@dese.gov.au or call 1800 677 027 (option 3 – when prompted).