On 20 June 2012 the High Court of Australia announced its decision in the Williams case, regarding the Commonwealth funded National School Chaplaincy Program.
The Williams decision overturned a view of the Commonwealth’s ability to fund programs that was nearly 100 year old.
The National School Chaplaincy Program was the only program directly challenged in the case and the only program invalidated by the Court.
The Parliament has now passed amendments to the Financial Management and Accountability Act to address the issue raised by the decision and provide legislative support for existing programs.
The Department’s program funding arrangements will continue as usual.
The Government will continue to assess any wider implications of the decision and take any action that is necessary.