Capital Assistance SchemeOverview
This program aims to provide capital assistance to eligible non-state schools to fund work for educational facilities or boarding accommodationfor students, or residential accommodation for teachers in remote areas of the State. The focus of the scheme is on school needs and the ability of the school community to meet those needs.
Each Capital Assistance Authorities (CAA) will receive and assess applications for capital assistance, make recommendations to the Minister, make payments to approved authorities of schools, monitor the progress of projects and carry out other functions as set out in the Education (Capital Assistance) Act 1993
Please refer to the Guidelines for the allocation of funds and payment details.
Eligible applicants include non-State school that must be:
- Accredited and eligible for government funding under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001.
- Listed with a Capital Assistance Authorities (CAA).
Eligible activities include:
- The conversion or refurbishment of existing facilities.
- The preparation of sites for building.
- The installation or upgrading of water, sewerage, electricity and other services.
- The cost of local authority imposed head works charges if not funded under the External Infrastructure Subsidy Scheme.
- The purchase of furniture and equipment.
- Architectural, engineering, local authority and other professional fees.
- The provision of modular classrooms.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the eligible activities.
The main assessment criteria include:
- The condition and extent of the school’s existing facilities.
- The facilities that are, or are likely to be, needed to provide the school’s curriculum or proposed curriculum.
- How many students, other than overseas students, attend the school in the year of application.
- How many students, other than overseas students, are expected to attend the school in the two years after the year of application.
- The characteristics of the students who attend, or are expected to attend, the school including, for example, the ages of the students and whether they have particular needs because of disabilities or a requirement for special learning support.
- The school’s financial position.
- The school community’s capacity to obtain financial resources for capital projects including, for example, through donations, fundraising, loans and payment of fees.
- Whether the school is in a remote area of the State.
- Whether the proposed capital project aligns with the school’s plan for development.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Facilities which have religious worship as the sole or principal function.
- A facility of a type not provided by the State in State schools.
- The acquisition of land.
- Pick-up and set-down areas at developing schools and any other local government external infrastructure requirements that are funded under the External Infrastructure Subsidy Scheme.
- Capital project related to a temporary site at which special assistance is provided, or proposed to be provided, by an eligible non-state school under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001,chapter 2, part 3A.
- The purchase of pre-existing buildings.
- Facilities that are primarily for pre-preparatory education or where the facility is not in a formal school setting.