Financial Information

Conveyance Allowance (CAP)

The conveyance allowance assists families with the cost of transporting their children to and from school when they meet the eligibility as outlined below. An allowance may be payable if students are conveyed to school by private car, private bus or by public transport. The conveyance allowance is also available to eligible students whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus.

Eligibility:

Applications are subject to the student eligibility. To be eligible to receive a conveyance allowance, a student must:

  • live more than 4.8 km (by the shortest practicable route) from the nearest school attended,
  • be of school age (5 to 18 years old at time of application) and reside in Victoria,
  • be enrolled at school for three or more days a week,
  • attend a school located outside the Metropolitan Conveyance Boundary,
  • attend the nearest appropriate school at which admission is possible (a student is ineligible for a conveyance allowance if there is a nearer denominational school of the same denomination as the school attended).

How to Apply:

Application forms are available from the school office or school website.

Please use a public mapping tool to estimate the distance.

The applications of existing CAP recipients will be rolled over provided the eligibility criteria are still met.

Please submit NEW applications to the school office by the due date/s as listed below.

2019 Applications Close:

Term 1: Friday 8th March

Term 2: Friday 31st May

Term 3: Friday 23rd August

Term 4: Friday 22nd November

For further information visit: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/transport/Pages/conveyance.aspx

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs associated with school trips, camps and sporting activities.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for receipt of the CSEF you must:

  • be a Victorian primary or secondary school student aged between five and eighteen; and
  • hold a means tested concession card, and/or
  • be a temporary foster parent.

A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of Term 1, Tuesday 29th January or first day of Term 2, Tuesday 23rd  April 2019.

Annual Amount:

  • $125 per year will be paid for eligible primary school students,
  • $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school students.

Payments will go directly to the school and be allocated to student expenses relating to camps, sport and excursions.

The CSEF payment cannot be used towards other fees or tuition charges.

How to Apply:

Application forms are available from the school office or school website.

Please present your valid Concession Card which will be photocopied to accompany your application.

The applications of existing CSEF recipients will be rolled over provided the eligibility criteria are still met.

A new application form is only needed if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018,
  • you have changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.

Applications Close: Friday 21st June, 2019

For further information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

Education Maintenance Allowance ( EMA)

The EMA program ceased at the end of 2014. Parents will not be able to apply for the EMA in 2015.

From 1 January 2015, the government will provide extra financial support directly to Victoria’s neediest schools instead of providing the EMA directly to parents.

The money will be allocated to eligible schools through schools’ core operational funding mechanism, with the neediest schools receiving the most funding. Not all schools will receive funding in 2015.

This change to how the money is distributed was required by the funding agreement with the Commonwealth government to make sure Victorian schools receive increased funding that will benefit all students and, in particular, those from schools with concentrated disadvantage.

The end of the EMA direct payments to parents will not affect any other payment they may be receiving such as the Schoolkids Bonus.

For further information visit https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/financial/Pages/ema.aspx

Education Tax Refund (ETR)

The Education Tax Refund (ETR) was replaced by the ‘Schoolkids Bonus’ in January 2013.

Please refer to the Schoolkids Bonus tab on this webpage or visit

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/schoolkids-bonus

Schoolkids Bonus

The Schoolkids Bonus is a Commonwealth Government payment to assist eligible families with education costs.

The Bonus is automatically paid by the Department of Human Services in two instalments each year.

There is no need to make a claim.

Important update about the Schoolkids Bonus:

Legislation has passed to end the Schoolkids Bonus payments. The Schoolkids Bonus will continue until the end of 2016.

This will allow families time to adjust to the change. The last instalment will be paid in July 2016.

An income test will also apply to the Schoolkids Bonus starting on 1 January 2015.

For further information visit https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/schoolkids-bonus

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