In 2009, extraordinary grants via the federal government’s Building the
Education Revolution (BER) program were made available to Catholic
All schools received grants under the National School Pride Program
(AU$ 23.9 million). Primary schools and secondary schools with Year 7
students gained grants under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century
Program (AU$ 285.2 million) and nine secondary schools received grants
under the Science and Language Centre component of the initiative (AU$
The BER grants provided Catholic schools with a unique and fantastic
opportunity to obtain additional new facilities and/or refurbish
Recognition Requirements to Commonwealth Funding Assistance
The Australian Government provides significant funding towards capital
expenditure for Catholic schools in Western Australia. Recognition
requirements must be met as part of the conditions of funding to
officially acknowledge the government’s contribution.
This is done in the form of an official school opening ceremony.