Boost to living away from home allowance for regional students
Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed the boost in allowances available to isolated families for 2016 whose children need to undertake secondary study away from home.
The base allowance rate for the Living Away from Home Allowance (LAFHA) will be $2,000 for the 2016 school year, a 40 per cent increase. Additionally, Year 11 and 12 isolated students are offered a supplementation of $460, up from $334 in 2015.
“Some parents raising children in rural and remote NSW have to travel enormous distances to get to a secondary school. Increasing the LAFHA recognises this challenge and provides support,” Katrina said.
“The LAFHA provides an opportunity for many families to broaden educational options when they live too far away from a secondary school to attend on a daily basis.”
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government initiated the review of the LAFHA at the request of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association.
“The rebasing of the LAFHA now better reflects education costs against the consumer price index.
“The allowance will continue to be means tested so that the basic and supplementary payments can better support those who need it most,” Katrina said.
LAFHA is available to students who are boarding, to attend public and non-government secondary schools.
Details of the allowance and application procedures are available on the Department’s website: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/rde/scholarships/lafha/index.php or by calling the Rural and Distance Education Team on 02 6334 8070.