Secondary Assistance Scheme
The Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) is to assist low-income families with secondary schooling costs for students in Years 7 to 12.
It is made up of two allowances:
- the Education Program Allowance (EPA) – paid directly to the school
- the Clothing Allowance (CLA) – paid to the applicant or the school.
Application forms are available at the school office. Students or parents need to provide proof of eligibility and the school needs to witness the application form.
Applications must be completed in Term 1 each school year.
Extension and eligibility change due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19:
- the application period has been extended. The closure date is now 3 July 2020 (end of Term 2)
- concession cards can be valid during Terms 1 or 2.
To be eligible for the scheme, the parent/guardian(s) must hold at least one of the following:
- Centrelink Health Care Card
- Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
- Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue) card.
Electronic concession cards are also valid.
The concession card must:
- be valid for at least 4 weeks
- be valid some time during Term 1 or Term 2
- have students listed on them.
- Students are not eligible if they are born in the year 2001 or before.
- If a Year 11 or 12 student is not listed on the parent/guardian concession card, both the parent/guardian and student must produce their cards.
A grandparent must:
- be the primary caregiver of the child/children
- be the recognised guardian
- have the student listed on their concession card.
Secondary Assistance Scheme – ABSTUDY Supplement
The Secondary Assistance Scheme – ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance is available to parents/guardians with children enrolled in secondary schooling who receive ABSTUDY payments through the Department of Human Services (Centrelink).