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Capital Assistance Scheme


This program aims to assist non-State schools which are eligible for State government funding to provide, convert, refurbish and upgrade educational facilities or boarding accommodation. Its focus is on school needs and the ability of the school community to meet those needs.

Each Capital Assistance Authorities (CAAs) receives and assesses applications for capital assistance from affiliated schools, makes recommendations to the Minister for Education and Training, makes payments to schools, monitors the progress of projects and carries 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.

Who Can Apply?

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

Eligible activities include:
- 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 and other professional fees.
- The provision of demountable classrooms.

Main Assessment Criteria

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 attend the school in the year of application.
- How many 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 generate financial resources for capital projects including, for example, through donations, fundraising and payment of fees.
- Whether the school is in a remote area of the State.
- The extent to which the school provides boarding places to students from remote areas of the State.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Facilities which have religious worship as the sole or principal function.
- 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.
- Facilities of a type not provided by the State or Commonwealth in State schools with the exception of onsite residential boarding facilities for students or boarding supervisors if:
a) The facilities are situated in the school grounds.
b) The minister approves the provision of the facilities.
- Projects for which a contract for the project has been entered into or construction, including site works, has commenced prior to ministerial approval.

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Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis.

Funding Type Grant
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Education : General
Infrastructure : Facilities
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
Department of Education and Training (DET)
Program Administrator
Capital Assistance Authorities
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