Up to 9000 more students will have their school levies waived next year through the expansion of the Student Assistance Scheme.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff on Thursday said the scheme’s expansion meant that around one in two state school students would no longer pay levies.
Previous income thresholds have been removed from the scheme and now eligibility is based on whether a particular family possesses a Health Care Card.
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Mr Rockliff said a family with three school-aged students could now save more than $1000 a year through not having to pay levies.
The 2020 levy waiver resulted in $14 million in savings to Tasmanian families.
Australian Education Union state president Helen Richardson said the union was pleased by assurances that no school would be disadvantaged through reduced levy revenue.
“Having removed barriers to students attending their local public school, we need to ensure that we have the resources to provide each and every one of them with the best possible education,” she said.
TasCOSS chief executive Adrienne Picone said a reduction of education fees on an ongoing basis would allow families to spend money on other essential items and services.
“Even before COVID-19, thousands of Tasmanian families were struggling to cover the basics and put healthy, nutritious food on the table,” Ms Picone said.
“Investing in education is one way we can help to drive positive outcomes for our children.”
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