2019/20 Drought Relief - funding for non-government schools

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The Australian Government has provided $20 million in Special Circumstances Funding to schools affected by ongoing drought conditions.

On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Morrison Government would provide $10 million additional funding through the Special Circumstances Fund to support non-government schools facing financial hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions. The Government subsequently increased the amount of funding by $10 million, bringing the total amount to $20 million.

The funding round targeted schools with students from the 128 local government areas eligible as at November 2019 for assistance under the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme. It complements a range of initiatives in the package announced by the Government for drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns.

Many rural towns are doing it tough as a result of the drought and many schools have introduced fee relief and/or curtailed their operations to cope with this drastic situation.

On 28 January 2020, Minister Tehan announced that funding support had been approved to assist school communities facing mounting costs as a result of the drought. 

Funding payments will be made in February 2020.

For more information

For further information on the outcome of the funding round, email Schools-DroughtRelief@education.gov.au or call the Special Circumstances hotline on 1800 677 027 (option 6).