Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today 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,” he said.
For the first time, 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,” Seselja said.
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“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.
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.
(Zed Seselja media release)