QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry has welcomed an announcement by Education Minister Hon Kate Jones MP that eligible families living in rural and remote Queensland will receive additional support for students living and studying away from home at non-state boarding schools.
The increase will be a one-off five per cent increase to the Remote Area Tuition Allowance and Remote Area Disability Supplement, in addition to the annual CPI increase for 2016.
Dr Perry said there are 15 Catholic secondary Colleges in Queensland currently providing boarding opportunities for 2,044 students.
She said more than 300 of these students are expected to benefit from the increase.
“Catholic education authorities recognise the sacrifices that many families make to send their children to boarding school.
“I’m also aware that some families are facing particular economic stresses at this time, including those caused by drought. This increase in assistance will come as welcome relief,” Dr Perry said.
In 2016, the maximum yearly allowance will increase to more than $3,600 per primary student, $5,200 per secondary student and up to $7,400 for students with disability.
From this year eligible Year 7 students will also receive the same secondary rates as Year 8 to 12 students under the Living Away from Home Allowance Scheme, in recognition of the Year 7 move to secondary school.
Minister Jones announced the increase at the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association conference in Cloncurry yesterday.