Special Circumstances Funding

The Special Circumstances funding program provided financial assistance to eligible non-government schools when unexpected circumstances or events caused severe and temporary financial difficultly.

Assistance under the Special Circumstances funding program provided funding to eligible schools that had exhausted all other sources of financial assistance. Eligible schools were required to be capable of resuming operations in a manner satisfactory to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment within two years of the financial assistance being provided.

Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance fund

The Australian Government provided an additional $10 million of Special Circumstances funding to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that had a plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020. Funding assisted schools to cover the cost of hygiene items, including soap, hand sanitiser and classroom cleaning products to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More information is available on the Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance page.

2019/20 Drought Relief

On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide $10 million in Special Circumstances Funding for non-government schools impacted by the ongoing drought conditions. In January 2020, the Government increased the amount of support for drought-stricken schools to $20 million.

Further information on the outcome of this dedicated funding round can be found on the 2019/20 Drought Relief – Funding for non-government schools webpage.

2019 Queensland floods

On 26 March 2019, the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government would provide up to $4 million in Special Circumstances Funding for non-government schools impacted by floods in 2019 across parts of northern Queensland.

Further information can be found on the 2019 Queensland Floods – Funding for non-government schools webpage.