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Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives

Primary Welfare (Reference 50)

The Primary Welfare Officer initiative is designed to enhance the capacity of schools to develop positive school cultures and to support students who are at risk of disengagement and not achieving their educational potential. The Primary Welfare Officer initiative extends work undertaken in government primary, P-12 and special schools with the greatest need in Victoria to promote a safe and supportive environment and enhance student outcomes.

Primary Welfare Officer allocations in the Student Resource Package (SRP) have been set for 2023. Schools do not have to apply for funding. Funding is provided to schools that have primary enrolments at the campus level. Funding is provided consistent with the 2011 Student Family Occupation density for the campus, equal to or greater than 0.4559.

Where a school’s campus enrolments increase additional per student funding will be provided. However, where enrolments decline no adjustment will be made. No adjustments are made for changes to the Student Family Occupation density.

Schools that are transitioning to the Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHiPS) initiative in 2023 will receive funding consistent with MHiPS funding allocations. Refer to the MHiPS SRP guidance.

Eligibility

Schools with the following campus types are eligible for the Primary Welfare Funding at campus level:

  • Primary
  • Primary/Secondary Combined
  • Special
  • Language
  • Day Special
  • Disability
  • Special Development

Campuses of secondary schools are not eligible.

Camp/Outdoor schools are ineligible irrespective of their entity register classification.

Funding is calculated at the Indicative, Confirmed and Revised cycles. Funding is allocated through credit funding.

Calculation

The Primary Welfare Officer funding model in the SRP from 2012 consists of base funding and per student funding with a cap on the total funding available at each campus. The formula is as follows:

Base + ([School campus SFO − State-wide SFO threshold] × Student rate × enrolments)

Rates – 2023

  • SFO threshold – 0.4559
  • Base – $19,955
  • Per student rate – $1,272.31
  • Total funding per campus cap – $95,185

Further information

  • Primary Welfare Officer initiativeExternal Link – provides general information about the Primary Welfare Officer initiative
  • Student Engagement Policy – provides advice, resources and strategies for schools on developing a Student Engagement Policy, promoting positive student behaviour, and responding to challenging behaviour. It provides resources that schools can access to support and improve student engagement
Reference 50 of the SRP Guide, providing information on primary welfare funding including rates

Reviewed 05 January 2023

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