From: Minister for Veterans' Affairs media release
Sent: Wed 20/06/2012 4:24 PM

EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR VETERAN FAMILIES

More than 1,900 primary and secondary school students in the veteran community will receive education payments from the Australian Government this week to help keep more money in parents’ pockets.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon said the Australian Government was introducing a new Schoolkids Bonus to assist with education costs for all primary and secondary students for eligible families.

“Students in receipt of DVA education allowances under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) or the Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) will benefit from the support,” he said.

Mr Snowdon said payments would assist with the cost of additional education expenses like purchasing school books and uniforms or towards the cost of school excursions and camps.

“The Australian Government recognises how expensive the start of each school year can be for working families and these payments will help ensure they have extra money in their pockets when they need it most,” he said.

“Families will receive $409 for each primary school student and $818 for each full-time secondary school student in nominated bank accounts this week.”

Mr Snowdon said the June payments marked the transition from the Education Tax Refund, previously administered by the Australian Taxation Office, to the new Schoolkids Bonus.

“The Schoolkids Bonus will begin in 2013 with instalments in January and July. Eligible families will receive an annual amount of $410 for each primary school student and $820 for each full-time secondary school student,” he said.

Payments will be made into the nominated bank account where the recipients’ current DVA education allowance is paid. Families with shared custody arrangements will receive an amount of the payment in line with existing arrangements for the split of their benefit/allowance.

Payments are automatic and no claim is required or receipts needed. Payments are tax-free, do not count as income for income support purposes and will be indexed annually from 2014-15 in line with the Consumer Price Index.

For more information, clarification or other assistance regarding education allowance payments visit www.dva.gov.au or call DVA on 133 254 or, for non-metropolitan callers, 1800 555 254.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski or Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 or 0407108 935 / 0417 917 796.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203