Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    More funding for public school chaplains

    10/11/2016 2:00 PM
    • 501 public schools to benefit from in-school chaplains
    • $10.48 million Liberal National Government funding secures in-school chaplains for 2017 and 2018

    Students in 501 public schools across Western Australia will have access to in-school chaplains thanks to a renewed Liberal National Government investment and Australian Government funding.


    Education Minister Peter Collier today announced $10.48 million would be provided to additional public schools for in-school chaplains.


    "I am delighted State Government funding has secured in-school chaplaincy services for the start of the 2017 school year," Mr Collier said.


    In addition, a further 60 public schools will receive chaplaincy support up to one day each week in 2017 and 2018, through funding from a Grant Agreement between the Department of Education and YouthCARE.


    "This means every public school that applied for funding will receive chaplaincy services in 2017 and 2018," the Minister said.


    The State Government also provides $5.68 million per annum (plus indexation) to fund support chaplains, pastoral critical incident response chaplains, and fly-in, fly-out chaplaincy services for any public school that needs it.


    "For many students, the chaplain is someone they can talk to and who can help with problems such as loneliness or relationship and self-esteem issues," Mr Collier said.


    Fact File

    • Individual public schools choose to participate in chaplaincy programs
    • Public schools receive up to $20,500 a year for in-school chaplains, remote schools receive up to $24,600 a year. This rate will be indexed for 2018
    • WA public schools access chaplains through YouthCARE or Centacare Kimberley

    Minister's office - 6552 6300


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