Public school chaplains receive funding boost

20 April 2015

The Minister for Education, Hon Peter Collier MLC, and the Treasurer,  Hon Mike Nahan MLA have announced that every public school in Western Australia that applied for funding for an in-school chaplain will now receive that funding  after the Western Australian State Government stepped in to boost investment in the program.

In a pre-budget announcement, the Education Minister has advised that $2.7 million would be provided to an extra 179 public schools which missed on the Australian Government’s reduced chaplaincy funding in 2015.  Additionally, the State Government has committed $5.05 million to continue the program in 2016. 

Further chaplaincy services can also be accessed through a separate State Government program worth $5.68 million a year.

This announcement has brought the State Government’s contribution for chaplaincy services in Western Australia to $10.73 million in 2016.

School chaplains have a very positive influence in the lives of many students, making school feel a safe place where students can receive guidance and support on issues like family relationships, bereavements and crisis situations.

The Department of Education maintains a School Chaplaincy website which includes fact sheets for public school chaplaincy programs:

http://det.wa.edu.au/studentsupport/behaviourandwellbeing/detcms/navigation/wellbeing/