The Federal Nationals in Government have introduced legislation to waive up to five years’ worth of HELP debt for teachers who work at very remote schools.

Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was thrilled that 15 schools in his electorate would benefit from this initiative.

“This is a great incentive for teachers to work in the bush,” Mr Coulton said. “To be eligible teachers must work in an eligible school for at least four years, commencing on or after the start of the 2019 school year, with an equivalent pro-rata rate for part-time teachers.”

The program has also been extended to cover early childhood teachers. The program will also assist more than 3500 educators in very remote settings annually by removing indexation on their HELP debt.

Eligible areas are those defined as very remote by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure, which is available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.