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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    INCREASED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR REMOTE STUDENTS

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    INCREASED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR REMOTE STUDENTS

    The Beattie Government today announced increased financial assistance for geographically isolated families with children who travel between home and boarding locations for study.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford announced that the Remote Area Travel Allowance, which is part of the Government’s Living Away From Home Allowances Scheme, would increase from the start of the 2008 school year.

    “Our Government is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their geographic location, have access to a high quality education,” Mr Welford said.

    “This involves providing financial assistance for students who need to live away from home to study due to their geographic isolation.

    “Many of these geographically isolated families have been experiencing financial hardship in trying to send their children away to continue their education.

    “We have worked closely with key stakeholder groups and acted on these concerns by increasing the travel allowance for these families.”

    All students will receive increased entitlements towards travel costs with the allowance for the first 500 kilometres increasing from 40 to 65 cents per kilometre.

    For travel over 500 kilometres, the per kilometre allowance will increase from $1.00 to $1.03.

    “The increase will benefit some 1700 students from approximately 1200 families who travel from home to boarding locations,” Mr Welford said.

    “About 80 per cent of these students travel between 300 and 900 kilometres to access boarding locations.”

    Mr Welford said the increase in Remote Area Travel Allowance aligned with the State Government’s Blueprint for the Bush, a 10-year plan to build a sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural Queensland.

    It is also featured in the department’s Rural and Remote Education Framework for Action 2006-2008.

    “Our Government is committed to delivering education to students in rural and remote areas, and building partnerships with communities, local government, business and industry to develop responsive education and training solutions to achieve better learning outcomes,” he said.

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