Priority areas of the Fund

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund has been established to support specific cohorts of students, while still provide overarching support for all students throughout their school life.

Priority areas

There are five priority areas for applications under the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund, embedded within the wellbeing elements of belonging, resilience and behaviour, including:

  • Primary school-aged students
  • Students transitioning to Kindergarten and high school
  • Students living in regional and remote areas
  • Students from target cohorts, including First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse; students with additional needs and/or disability; students from a migrant or refugee background; and female students
  • Cyber health.

Priority areas may be reviewed for the 2024 grants round.

Belonging, resilience and behaviour

For the purposes of the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund, the elements of belonging, resilience and behaviour are defined as follows:

  • Resilience - A child or young person’s ability to withstand adversity, learn from their experiences and cope confidently with life’s challenges. The ability to ‘bounce back’ from a difficult situation.
  • Behaviour - How a child or young person acts or conducts themselves in response to a stimulus or situation. It is a response to things that are happening internally (thoughts and feelings) and externally (the environment, including other people). Children and young people’s behaviours span a continuum, from positive, inclusive, and respectful behaviours to complex, challenging and unsafe behaviours. To meet the needs of all students, programs are required across a multi-tiered continuum of care.
  • Sense of Belonging - A child or young person’s’ perception of being accepted, valued and included in their school setting by their peers and others in their school.

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