Australian Government Capital Grants Eligibility

For CGP grant eligibility a school must:

  • Have entered into a QIS BGA Participation Agreement
  • Be in receipt of Australian Government recurrent funds for the levels of education to which the proposed project relates
  • Demonstrate that the project will contribute to the CGP objectives and address the Commonwealth's other priorities and objectives for schooling
  • Show that the proposed project is consistent with sound educational planning, especially in relation to cost, size and use of facilities to be funded
  • Be viable, that is, the school must be likely to remain financially solvent
  • Demonstrate a financial need for capital assistance
  • Demonstrate that the school has an appropriate maintenance plan in place
  • Demonstrate that the school has adequate insurance cover
  • Ensure that the proposed project will not adversely affect the national estate value of a place in the Register of the National Estate in terms of the Australian Heritage
  • Own the land or have a lease for the land and/or buildings that has a period to run commensurate with the period in which the capital grant may be required to be repaid if the school no longer provides school education.

Projects which may be eligible for CGP grants:

  • Planning, erection, alteration, extension, demolition or refurbishment of a building, part of a building or other facility
  • Development or preparation of land for building or other purposes
  • Installation or upgrade of water, electricity or any other services
  • Provision of furniture and/or equipment which is part of a broader capital project, unless special circumstances exist
  • Providing library materials and goods for cataloguing a library
  • Purchase of land with buildings or parts of buildings, or in special circumstances, without buildings.

Projects which are not eligible under CGP:

  • Facilities which have religious worship as the principal purpose
  • Facilities in a co-educational school which are not equally available to male and female students
  • Projects to be undertaken solely by parents and friends
  • Facilities where the majority of use will be by full fee paying overseas students, or other unfunded students attending a 'for profit' section of a school
  • Facilities that are principally for pre-primary education (for example, an Early Learning Centre attached to a school)
  • Projects where a contract has been entered into, or construction including site works, has commenced prior to Ministerial approval, i.e.. where retrospective approval is sought.