The State Government will today unveil South Australia’s new Public Education Action Plan: Your Child, Their School, Our Future.
The Plan includes a $30 million initiative to ease cost of living pressure for thousands of South Australian families.
From next year, an extra 29,000 students will be eligible for the school card with the State Government lifting the income eligibility threshold for a family with one child by $20,000 - from $37,274 in 2017 to $57,870 in 2018.
The change will increase the number of eligible students from approximately 47,600 to an estimated 77,200.
The school card program supports low to average income families by relieving them of the requirement to pay school materials and services charges.
The initiative is one element of the Public Education Action Plan which focuses on five key areas:
- Giving children a head start
- Educating students for the jobs of tomorrow
- A focus on literacy and numeracy to put the basics first
- Help for every student to be their best
- Supporting our teachers to deliver great results.
The government’s decision to centrally fund utility bills and provide extra funds for cleaning for all public schools and preschools will also free up a further $66 million over 4 years for teaching resources, support programs and technology.
Eligibility for School Card assistance for 2018 is based on the family's gross income in 2016/2017 financial year.
To apply for School Card assistance, applicants are required to complete an application form. Application forms for 2018 will be available from schools or www.sa.gov.au by the end of the 2017 school year.