The Federal Government has continued the roll out of its National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program after Minister for School Education Peter Garrett announced 1000 new schools to take part in the program.


"The chaplaincy program has been very popular among schools and the changes we introduced mean that not only are more schools now benefiting from the scheme, but school communities have more choice over how they wish to take part,” Mr Garrett said.


“Of the 1000 new schools taking part, 65 per cent applied for the services of a chaplain, and 35 per cent for a student welfare worker.”


Mr Garrett also announced that the 2,555 schools with existing chaplains or welfare workers will be able to continue accessing the program.


More information on the program can be found here