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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1877 ..


(1) In 2017-18, 42 out of a total of 51 community language schools in the ACT received financial support as determined by the ACT Community Languages School Association. Which 9 schools did not receive financial support, and what is the reason for not receiving financial support.

(2) In 2017-18, $90 per eligible student was provided as an annual grant to community language schools. What criteria determines a student to be eligible for such funding and are students who reside in (a) NSW or (b) the ACT but attend a community language school in NSW considered eligible.

(3) Is funding given to community language schools in cases where the school has already been granted funding by the NSW government; if so, which schools have been granted funding and how much funding has been given in 2017-18; if not, will the Government consider granting funding for community language schools who seek additional financial support.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) In 2017-18, out of the nine community language schools that did not receive financial support, three schools and one playgroup did not apply for funding:

i. Alliance Francaise de Canberra;

ii. Canberra Japanese Supplementary High School;

iii. Samoan Language School; and

iv. Les Petite Etoiles French Language Playgroup.

Five additional schools joined the ACT Community Languages School Association (ACTCLSA) after May 2017 when funding applications for the 2017 school year, closed.

The five new members are:

i. Civic-Arabic Language School (rejoined 12 July 2017);

ii. Tongan Association School (joined 12 July 2017);

iii. TACA Mandarin Language School (joined 29 August 2017);

iv. Dositej Serbian Language School (joined 8 December 2017); and

v. Monaro Portuguese School (joined 19 February 2018).

All these school will be eligible for funding for the current school year.

(2) Students must be Australian permanent residents or citizens and attend a community language school that is a financial member of the ACTCLSA to be eligible for the $90 annual grant.

(2a&b) Students residing in NSW or the ACT attending a community language school in NSW are eligible for financial support if the school is a financial member of ACTCLSA.

(3) No ACT Government funding is provided to community language schools in NSW that are receiving NSW Government funding.


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