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Student Resource Package – School Specific Programs

Language Assistants Program (Reference 42)

Language assistants are allocated to government schools on an annual basis from Terms 2 to 4 through the Language Assistants Program (LAP). The LAP is managed by the Languages Unit, Curriculum and Teaching Practice Division.


The following school types are eligible for LAP funding, which is allocated to the host school:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Primary/Secondary Combined

Funding is calculated at the Confirmed budget cycle and allocated through credit funding.


Fully funded language assistant = FTE × ES Salary Rate (Range 1.2.1)

Partially funded language assistant = FTE × 0.7 × ES Salary Rate (Range 1.2.1)


Language assistants are employed as Education Support Staff (Range 1.2.1) at 0.8 FTE. These positions are either fully (100%) or partially funded (70%) by the department.

Allocations for language assistants cannot be transferred to cash.

Further information

Language Assistants Program

Reference 42 of the SRP Guide, providing information on the Language Assistants Program

Reviewed 27 March 2024

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