Extra Support for Rural & Regional Students
Federal Member for Calare John Cobb spoke in parliament in support of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015.
This legislation will see a more generous and consistent system of assessment for families with dependent young people who qualify for certain youth income support payments.
The reform will remove the family assets test and the family actual means test enabling more regional and rural students to qualify for Youth Allowance when undertaking tertiary education.
Mr Cobb said under the current framework young people across Calare are missing out. Especially those from farming families due to the current asset test.
“A families asset don’t always represent their financial situation correctly and this is true of many farming families”
“There are a lot of costs associated with going to university. Young people in regional Australia often move away from home to do a course of their choosing which can be very expensive”.
“Regional young people deserve the same opportunities as their metropolitan counter-parts especially when it comes to education. I know our young people have a huge amount to contribute to our nation and this legislation will give them a better opportunity to do just that.”
Around 1, 200 more young people will be receiving Youth Allowance for the first time as well as increasing payments for around nearly 5 thousand existing students by about 2 thousand dollars a year.
These changes are set to come into effect from the beginning of next year.