Joint Media Release with Minister For Social Services The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said regional students and schools in the NT would benefit from measures announced in this year’s Budget.
The Coalition Government is providing $53.9 million to increase the number of regional students who are eligible for Youth Allowance by raising the parental income cut-off for the regional workforce self-supporting independence criteria.
It is estimated an extra 2,300 students from regional Australia will be eligible for Youth Allowance as a result of these changes.
A further $38.1 million will be provided to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who need to travel away from home for education. From 1 January, it will also be easier for institutions to offer scholarships approved under ABSTUDY.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government was working to address the challenges faced by students in regional and remote areas, such as the Northern Territory.
“The changes ensure students are well supported to travel between home and boarding school and are encouraged to finish their schooling,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Government has also accepted all 11 recommendations of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education to support more regional and remote students to get an education.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that regional and remote students have the same access to education and the same opportunities as kids who live in big cities.”
Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the cost of student accommodation was a significant issue for rural and remote families.
“The measures announced in this year’s Budget will help ease the pressure on regional families who are working hard to make sure their children get the best education possible,” Mr Tehan said.