Community language schools (CLS) are eligible for initial set-up funding from the Department of Education (DoE) if they have been operating for a minimum of 6 months, have a minimum of 6 students and meet the eligibility requirements. Complete the
application for set-up funding (DOC, 380KB) and submit the application, along with the required attachments, to
For CLS commencing in:
- semester 1, a one-off set-up fee will be paid in September of that year
- semester 2, a one-off set-up fee will be paid in February of the following year.
The set-up funding is based on eligible student enrolments.
To be eligible to receive funding, a CLS must:
- have an ABN (Australian Business Number)
- have a bank account in the name of the CLS—funding will only be deposited into a bank account in the name of the CLS
- ensure everyone working with students in the CLS holds a current
blue card and that your CLS has a
Child and youth risk management strategy in place
- be registered as a charity with the
Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission
- have notified DoE that your CLS is operational (operational means that classes have commenced) if you are a newly-established CLS.
Additional eligibility requirements, objectives and eligible student criteria can be found in the
application for set-up funding (DOC, 381KB).
Prior to receiving set-up funding, successful CLS applicants will be required to sign a letter of acceptance agreeing to the obligations, requirements of the program.
CLS will then be invited to apply for the
DoE annual grant in the next round of applications.