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New Uniform Support For Victorian Prep Students

11 April 2016

Prep students eligible for the Andrews Labor Government’s Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will now also receive uniform support.

From Term 2, approximately 15,000 Preps will be eligible for a windcheater and tracksuit pants, or a bomber jacket, rugby top, hoody or zip jacket – just in time for winter.

Since it was launched last year, almost 19,000 students have benefitted from the Labor Government’s partnership with State Schools' Relief through the Year 7 CSEF program, sharing in more than $3 million in support for clothing and footwear.

The uniform support pack is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million boost in support for State Schools’ Relief.

As part of building the Education State, the Labor Government is breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement, starting with a $566 million investment in needs based funding in the 2015-16 State Budget.

It also includes $148.3 million for CSEF programs to help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Schools can apply online to State Schools’ Relief at www.ssr.net.au/schoolsExternal Link when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school.

Eligibility requirements for CSEF can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.External Link

Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino

“I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government is this year providing more support than ever to make sure every Victorian child gets the opportunity to succeed at school.”

“Building the Education State means meeting ambitious – yet achievable – targets such as breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement.”

Quotes attributable to Camps, Sports and Excursions Ambassador Sonya Kilkenny

“The Andrews Labor Government is helping more and more families give their youngest school children new school windcheaters, hoodies, jackets and tracksuit pants as part of their new winter school uniforms.”

“This winter thousands of little preppies across Victoria will get their very first new winter uniform and stay warm at school thanks to the Labor Government.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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