Feb 1 – Media release
Australian students will have access to important support services offered by school chaplains, with the Morrison Government reaching agreement with all states and territories to continue the National School Chaplaincy Program.
The Morrison Government will provide $247 million to support the program through to 2022 with around 3,000 schools taking advantage of the program to provide pastoral care services to students and support the wellbeing of the school community.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said more than 1,000 schools and families had written to the Government supporting the National School Chaplaincy Program.
“The National School Chaplaincy Program has been an overwhelming success which has provided a strong foundation for students to reach their full potential in learning and life,” Mr Tehan said.
“Our Government is focussed on keeping Australians safe and the updated program will have a greater focus on school chaplains having the skills and tools to address bullying, in particular, cyberbullying in our schools.
“School chaplains will be required to undertake anti-bullying training provided by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner at no cost to schools or chaplains.
“Bullying takes a terrible toll on the students affected and parents know it is a real issue. Our Government is taking action to better support students who are being bullied and to decreasing bullying in our schools.”
The National School Chaplaincy Program complements the national bullying and cyberbullying work program endorsed by all education ministers and adopted by all state and territory leaders at the recent COAG.
“Under the work program, school communities are being supported to grow appropriate behaviours and social skills in children such as resilience and conflict resolution,” Mr Tehan said.
“I also encourage schools throughout Australia to take part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 15 March 2019.”
Schools can register at www.bullyingnoway.gov.au which has resources and information for teachers, students and parents.