Premier Mark McGowan announces funding boost for student support and wellbeing under a re-elected McGowan government.

    Premier Mark McGowan announces funding boost for student support and wellbeing under a re-elected McGowan government.

    This morning, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced that a re-elected McGowan Government will deliver over $100 million of additional funding for important student support and wellbeing services and programs in schools.

    This announcement included funding for chaplaincy services in WA government schools.

    “This wide ranging package will also provide an additional $21.8 million for schools to engage chaplains ensuring every WA State school has access to resources to provide additional emotional and social support for students,” said Premier McGowan.

    This announcement acknowledges the valuable and positive contribution YouthCARE chaplains have made to WA school communities over the last 40 years.

    “On behalf of YouthCARE all our wonderful chaplains, volunteers and supporters, we thank the Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Education, the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC for this great news. It is a recognition of the critical role of YouthCARE chaplains  to our state schools across WA. Our chaplains are there for their school communities, through good and challenging times. This new funding allows new schools that do not have chaplaincy funding to access our service. We look forward to getting on with the job by continuing the positive contribution we make to our school communities,” said YouthCARE CEO Stanley Jeyaraj.

    It is 40 years since the late Hon. Kim Beazley Senior recommended that chaplaincy be made available to state schools in Western Australia and this announcement is a testament to his legacy.

    “I also wish to thank all our supporters including our volunteers, churches, local businesses, local government, parents and the wider school community who have stood by us for many years in the delivery of this critical service.”

    “This announcement also shows the importance of working together with other school services. We look forward to partnering with them in helping our school communities,” said Stanley.

    Read WA Labor media statement here.