The ACT Government is delivering on its commitment to assist students from vulnerable Canberra families fully engage in their education, through the expansion of our Future of Education Equity Fund.
The fund provides assistance through the provision of one-off payments to help cover the costs of education expenses such as school uniforms and excursions, sport equipment and activities, tuition and music lessons.
The fund – which replaces the Secondary Bursary Scheme for years 7-10 – is now open to all Canberra students in years P-12 who are from financially disadvantaged ACT families.
Payments are as follows:
- $400 for pre-schoolers
- $500 for primary school students
- $750 for high school and college students
The fund’s delivery represents support of more than $2 million per year for the next four years, to ensure increased equity across our school system.
“This announcement delivers on a key election commitment and is a clear indication of our dedication to ensuring every child in Canberra, regardless of their background, can get a high-quality education at their school.” said Minister for Education and Youth Affairs Yvette Berry.
Applications for the 2022 school year close on 30 September.
Schools across Canberra will be providing information about the fund, with eligibility criteria and an application form link available on the ACT Education Directorate website.
Statement from ACT Parents & Citizens Executive Officer Veronica Elliott:
“Some families are really struggling. The last few years have been tough, and this scheme provides assistance where it is most needed.
“For those families who need it, it will be a welcome relief. It will help with uniforms, technology, and all the things children need to learn and participate in school life.”