Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed Budget 2018-19’s commitment of an additional $247 million over four years to renew and continue the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
Senator Macdonald said the program is extremely well regarded and supports students and school communities through the provision of pastoral care services.
“It is wonderful to see the Turnbull Government extend the National School Chaplaincy Programme to a permanent basis with a special new anti-bullying focus,” Senator Macdonald said.
“We have seen several horrific instances in Townsville recently where students have been set upon by other young people and been bullied terribly, both verbally and physically.
“Unlike the State Labor Government which has announced another talk fest on this issue, the Federal Government is taking real action to address this crisis.
“We know schools across Queensland need support as they struggle to deal with this issue.
“Under the National School Chaplaincy Programme, those schools which are selected to participate in the program are eligible to receive up to $20,000 per annum and for remote and very remote schools up to $24,000 to engage the services of a qualified school chaplain.”