Master Plan Grants
QIS BGA strongly recommends Approved Authorities and/or their schools applying for grants for capital projects have a current, costed master plan prepared by a qualified professional consultant, such as an architect. A comprehensive and up-to-date Master Plan represents the consultative process which has been undertaken by a school and it's community to guide the future delivery of educational facilities and related services across a school site.
The provision of funding for the preparation and delivery of a Master Plan is intended to enable Approved Authorities seeking future capital grants to use the Master Plan in support of other capital applications, such as for the:
- Australian Government Capital Grants Program (CGP)
- State Capital Assistance Scheme (SCAS) and
- External Infrastructure Subsidy Scheme (EIS)
School and Project Eligibility
To find out about your school's eligibility to apply for a master plan grant click here.
Available funds can vary significantly from year to year, therefore, the offer of funding for school-based master planning is at the discretion of the QIS BGA Board.
From 2021 onwards, eligible independent schools may seek grants as a contribution to their master planning process according to the following categories of need:
|Need Indicator||Level of Funding|
|SES 96 and below||75% of master planning costs, up to $30,000|
|SES 97-110||50% of master planning costs, up to 20,000|
Making an Application
To make an application for a master plan grant, Approved Authorities can make a request for funding via an application form, separate to the application process used for CGP and SCAS. To find specific information regarding the process of master planning for school sites click here.
Legislation and Guidelines
To encourage and support the sound educational planning of school sites, QIS BGA has established the master plan grants process to enable schools to access funding through CGP, under the Australian Education Act 2013. The availability of funding for school-based master planning purposes extends from Sections 8, 9, 37 d) and g), and 53 a) of the CGP Guidelines.
Receiving Grant Payments
For information on eligible costs, documentation requirements for master plan grant claims and the payment timeframe click here.
Contact the QIS BGA office on (07) 3839 2142, or make direct phone contact with members of the Secretariat, if you wish to discuss any matters or concerns related to the master plan grant application process.