The National School Chaplaincy Programme provides funding to government schools to appoint religious chaplains. This funding cannot be accessed to appoint non-religious student support staff. This is discriminatory against students of other faiths or beliefs, and runs counter to the founding principles of the Australian public education system.
Student support staff should be funded and appointed on the basis of their mental health, youth or social work qualifications only, not their religious affiliation.
The National School Chaplaincy Programme should be replaced by a programme that funds government schools to appoint student support staff on the basis of their mental health, youth or social work qualifications and skills only.Religious affiliation should not be considered in appointing government school support staff.