Great news for our many local school communities enriched by the work of School Chaplains!
As part of this week’s Federal Budget, our Government has delivered an extra $247 million to continue our strong support for the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
This funding means school chaplains can continue to provide pastoral care and run programs such as breakfast clubs and coordinate volunteer activities within the school community, for around 3,000 school communities across Australia each year.
In addition to these activities, school chaplains will also undertake anti bullying training provided by the eSafety Commissioner. This additional training will better support school chaplains to manage student wellbeing issues, ensuring they are fully equipped to deal with the many challenges in the school community.
Many of our local school communities have contacted me over the past few months to share stories of the work of school chaplains. And I’ve seen first-hand the great work our local Chappies do to support students, staff and families.
Part of our plan for a strong economy is ensuring that we can guarantee essential services that Australian families rely on – like school chaplains and the new record levels of funding we are providing to local schools.
For more information the many positive Budget measures, click here.