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Frequently asked questions

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​​​How is funding calculated?

Funding is calculated according to eligible student attendance plus a base amount of $1,500 for each community language school (CLS).

What if our CLS doesn’t want to apply for funding?

There is no obligation for CLS to apply for Department of Education (DoE) funding.

However, non-funded CLS using DoE premises still need to complete the insurance information form (DOCX, 354KB).

What is the curriculum?

To be eligible to receive funding, CLS must have a language program that aligns with one of the following:

DoE may ask to view a CLS language program at any time throughout the year. Please ensure that the programs are kept up to date and that there is a master copy filed in a secure place.

Will students have homework?

Individual CLS make their own decisions in relation to homework. Students in senior classes are likely to need extra study as they prepare for their examinations.

Who needs a blue card?

All personnel involved in your CLS who may come into contact with children must hold a valid blue card (positive Working with Children ​notice) or exemption card.

Teachers registered with the Queensland College of Teachers must apply for an exemption card as they are providing child-related services which are outside of their professional duties. An exemption card can be applied for on the Blue Card Services applicant portal. The exemption card holder must be linked to the CLS. For further information, please contact the department's blue card support team: bluecards@qed.qld.gov.au.

Parent volunteers are exempt from requiring a blue card if:

  • they are unpaid by the CLS; and
  • have a child at the CLS.

For more information regarding Blue Card requirements, please visit the​ Blue Card Services website.

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Last updated 15 March 2022