Seselja welcomes funding for safer schools


Senator for the ACT has welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme. 

“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance,” Senator Seselja said today. 

For the first time – as committed by the Coalition prior to the election – funding under this programme can now be used to employ security guards, as well as for the installation of security infrastructure, such as closed-circuit television cameras, security lighting and fencing. 

“This support recognises the unique security circumstances that some schools unfortunately face,” said Senator Seselja. 

“The Coalition Government is serious about providing a safe environment for students, teachers and staff in Australian schools. All our children have the right to be educated in a safe and secure setting," Senator Seselja concluded. 

The 54 successful schools included: 

•         11 Government schools – $1,931,500

         17 Jewish schools – $7,569,100

•         15 Islamic schools – $4,439,800

•         11 Independent schools – $2,706,200  

Schools were invited to apply for funding after being nominated by State and Territory Education Ministers and independent schools associations. Of the applications received 54 were selected on merit following an assessment of their applications against the criteria set for the Schools Security Programme.