The Australian Government has signed an agreement with all states and territories to continue the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
The Federal Government will provide $247 million to continue supporting the programme through to 2022. About a third of Australian schools make use of the programme at present and the Government has received significant encouragement from families and schools, asking for it to continue.
Chaplains are used to provide pastoral care services within school communities. The focus for the next stage of the programme is anti-bullying and the Minister for Education, Hon. Dan Tehan MP has said “School chaplains will be required to undertake anti-bullying training provided by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.”
Anti-bullying and eSafety are priorities for the government at the moment. The Government has also announced $10million in grants for NGOs to do work on equipping children to be safe online.
Click here to read the Government media release.
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