BOARDING FROM HOME ALLOWANCE – SPECIAL SUBSIDY
This subsidy is not available to students who are in receipt of the following:
Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC)
Youth Allowance at the Away From Home Rate
Abstudy with full boarding paid by Centrelink
Application forms will be available on enrolment day, parents need to complete and returned to the College.
SECONDARY ASSISTANCE SCHEME
The Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. To be eligible for the allowance the parent/guardian must hold a Centrelink Family Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or a Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card.
PLEASE NOTE: The only Veterans’ Affairs Card that meets the criteria is a blue card that is issued each year and expires in December each year.
The allowance consists of two components:
$115 Clothing Allowance which can be paid to the college or parent/guardian
$235 Education Program Allowance which is paid directly to the college and will be deducted from contributions and course charges.
Application forms are completed at the College in Term 1 each year with the closing date being the last day of term.
ASSISTANCE FOR ISOLATED CHILDREN
AIC aims to assist the families of primary, secondary and under 16 year old tertiary students who are unable to attend an appropriate government school on a daily basis because of geographic isolation.
An appropriate government school is one which offers the student’s level of study or, if the student has special health-related or educational needs, one which provides access to the facilities, programmes and-or environment required for those needs.
A student may be regarded as geographically isolated from appropriate schooling if one of the following rules are met:
Rule 1 – The distance between the principal family home and the nearest appropriate state school is at least 56 kilometres via the shortest practicable route, or
Rule 2 – The distance between the principal family home and the nearest appropriate state school (via the shortest practicable route) is at least 16 kilometre AND the distance between the principal family home and the nearest available transport service to the nearest appropriate state school is at least 4.5 kilometres via the shortest practicable route.
Rule 3 – If Geographic Isolation Rules 1 or 2 do not apply but there are other circumstances that make it impracticable for the student to travel between the family home and the nearest state school on at least 20 school days of the year then Geographic Isolation Rule 3 may apply. Evidence must be provided.
This financial assistance needs to be applied for through Centrelink. For more information please call Centrelink on 132318
ABSTUDY offers financial assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Living allowance and assistance with boarding, tuition and travel costs are available to eligible students. For more information please call ABSTUDY on 132317
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINT AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON GOVERNMENT RULINGS AND REGULATIONS.