The Anxiety Project


The Anxiety Project

A whole-school community approach to managing anxiety and building resilience in NSW primary school students.


BREAKING NEWS: The 2025-26 is now available due to the recent announcement of the NSW Department of Education.

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BREAKING NEWS: The EOI has been just extended due to the recent announcement of the NSW Department of Education.

Source: Student Wellbeing Boost (

Student Wellbeing Boost

In 2023 all schools across NSW will receive one-off funding for extra mental health and wellbeing resources and initiatives through the Commonwealth ’s Student Wellbeing Boost.

About the Student Wellbeing Boost

All schools across the state will receive one-off funding for extra mental health and wellbeing resources and initiatives through the Commonwealth’s Student Wellbeing Boost.

The Student Wellbeing Boost supports schools to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and successive lockdowns on the mental health and wellbeing of their students.

Through the Student Wellbeing Boost schools can purchase new programs, services or resources or use the funds to supplement existing initiatives supporting the specific needs of their students.

When will schools receive funding?

Your school should expect to see the funds credited by the end of Term 4, 2023.

How will schools receive the money?

Your school does not need to apply for the Boost. For government schools, funds will be automatically allocated to the school’s 6200 account. For non-government schools, funds will be passed on through the school’s approved authority.

How long does our school have to spend the funds?

Student Wellbeing Boost funds will need to be spent or committed to be spent by 31 March 2024. This means that schools need to have a plan in place for how they intend to use the funding by this date. Funds do not need to be spent all at once and can be used to support multiple initiatives.

What can my school spend the Student Wellbeing Boost funding on?

Schools are required to use the funding to support mental health and wellbeing activities, this may include:

  • proven student wellbeing, student engagement and mental health initiatives
  • camps, excursions, sporting, arts and social activities that improve students' wellbeing, and
  • extra mental health professionals.

The department’s Tailoring health and wellbeing approaches at your school ( provides schools with evidence-based resources for enabling successful health and wellbeing approaches. This resource has been developed for NSW public schools, but is available for all schools to access.


New South Wales Primary Principals' Association (NSWPPA) has developed a program to address high levels of anxiety among children in New South Wales.
NSWPPA proposes that any solution for childhood anxiety will need to address a number of factors and populations. The following will be addressed by by building the capacity of school leaders, teachers, SLSOs and parents to reduce children’s anxiety levels in NSW schools:

  1. School Leaders - through professional learning for school leaders they will design protocols and establish a culture
    within their schools aimed at helping children build resilience.
  2. Implementation Coaches (ICs) - through having ICs in schools it will be possible to support teachers (through in-class
    mentoring) and parents (through the provision of parent education groups).
  3. Teachers - through the provision of professional learning for teachers it will be possible to counter anxiety habits in
    children, as they arise in the school environment.
  4. School Learning Support Staff (SLSOs) – through the provision of professional learning for SLSOs it will be possible to
    counter anxious behaviour in a one-on-one setting with those children needing additional support.
  5. Parents - by providing family management training for parents, we can equip parents to better deal with a child’s
    mild-level anxiety at home.

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