What Funding Is Available For School
Swimming & Water Safety Programs?

A range of funding options are available to support schools to deliver school swimming and water safety programs.

The government has invested $46 million for theSwimming in Schools initiative since 2017. This funding provides a contribution towards the costs of programs for schools, which may be used to support program provision at any year level.

2021 Funding Rates

    Metropolitan Victorian Government Schools

  • Primary and Primary-Secondary Schools $124 per Year 6 student

  • Specialist Schools $124 per students

    Regional Victorian Government Schools

  • Primary and Primary-Secondary Schools $158 per Year 6 student

  • Specialist Schools $158 per student

Government schools will receive this funding through the Student Resource Package (SRP). Catholic primary schools will receive funding directly from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Schools are encouraged to determine how best to use their funding to ensure students have the opportunity to learn swimming and water safety competencies.

In addition, schools can apply for Sporting Schools Funding. Sporting Schools is an initiative developed by the Australian Government.

This $240 million initiative is designed to support primary and secondary schools to increase student participation in sport and community sporting activities.

This funding is available for all primary schools, as well as secondary schools to support their Year 7 and 8 students. It can be used to purchase equipment, fund coaching and lesson delivery, book transport, hire facilities and other similar costs.

Schools can also use the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). This fund was developed by the Victorian Government for expenses relating to camps, sport and/or excursions for the benefit of eligible students.

From 2020, the Victorian Government is investing an additional $160.9 million for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund over the next four years.

This funding will help ensure more than 220,000 government and non-government students from lower-income families are able to participate in camps, sports and excursions each year.

    Payments are:

  • $125 per year for eligible primary school students

  • $225 per year for eligible secondary school students

Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. Most payments start from March onwards.