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- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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02 Jul 2009 - New Student Income Support Estimator Released
The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard today released a student income support estimator to help students plan their future study.
The estimator allows prospective students to enter their parents' income level and family type to gain an estimate of the level of support they might expect to receive under the Rudd Government's proposed changes to Youth Allowance.
The Rudd Government's reforms will deliver more support for more students and target support to students who need it most.
Overall, around 68 000 more students will be able to access Youth Allowance in 2010 and almost 35 000 existing recipients will benefit from an increase to their payment.
Many students who were previously forced to gain eligibility through the old independence criterion will now automatically be eligible to receive Youth Allowance as a result of the increases to the Parental Income Test.
Already, the majority of students receive Youth Allowance based on their parents' income.
Under the proposed system students that live away from home to study will be entitled to receive student income support at higher family income levels than students who stay at home.
For example, in families with two students aged 18 and over living away from home, parents can earn up to almost $141,000 - up from $79,000 under the current system.
For families with two students aged 18 and over living at home, the new parental income cut-off is almost $108,000 compared with the current cut-off of around $62,000.
Families on low incomes will be better off than under the current system and the changes will be of particular benefit to rural and regional students.
For example, a family earning $50 000 with two students who have to move away from home may receive $18,145 a year in Youth Allowance payments alone. Total support, including scholarships and rent assistance, could be up to $33,436 for this family type.
University students on student income support payments will also be entitled to new scholarships.
All university students receiving student income support, around 146 600 students, will receive an annual Student Start-up Scholarship of $2 254.
This compares with current arrangements where only 17.7 per cent of university students on income support receive a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship.
Students who need to live away from home to study may also be eligible for the new Relocation Scholarship of $4000 in the first year of study and $1000 each year following.
Currently, the number of scholarships are capped which means many rural and regional students often missed out on this much needed support.
In fact, less than 10 per cent of students have been benefiting from a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship and this number has increased since labour came into office as a result of our commitment to double the number of Commonwealth Scholarships by 2012.
The Government also estimates that the number of accommodation-related scholarships offered next year will increase by 75 per cent.
In total, eligible university students who have relocated to study would receive $6254 in the first year and $3254 in subsequent years on top of their Youth Allowance under the new arrangements.
The Government has taken the tough decision to tighten the eligibility rules in relation to the Independent rate of Youth Allowance and direct the savings to support for students that need it most by increasing the Parental Income Test.
The Rudd Government is determined to ensure that tax-payer funded support is going to students that need the most, including rural and regional students.
Further information about the amount of support available to students is attached.
The estimator and detailed fact sheets are available at: www.deewr.gov.au/youthallowance.