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Abbot Government boosts school security

Budget 2014-15 

13 May 2014

The Abbott Government is honouring its commitment to deliver $18 million for the Schools Security Programme.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance will be able to apply for funding for security infrastructure and guards to protect students.

The Abbott Government recognises the unique security circumstances that some schools face and this is why we have committed this essential funding.

Every child has the right to be safe at school, and that is why we will work closely with schools that face a risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

For the first time, this funding may be used for security guards, as well as for the installation of security infrastructure, such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, lighting and fencing.

The Schools Security Programme is a targeted and merit-based grants program.

Government and non-government schools across Australia will be eligible to apply for funding under the Schools Security Programme.

I will soon write to Education Ministers in each state and territory, and independent schools associations, to ask them to nominate schools. Those nominated will be invited to submit applications to demonstrate their special security needs and show how they propose to address these needs.

Further information about the Schools Security Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au.