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Education Maintenance Allowance

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) helps to cover the costs related to your child’s schooling. The EMA provides families on a low income with financial assistance to support their child’s education up to the age of 16.

Changes to the Education Maintenance Allowance for 2015

The Victorian Government recognises that students from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support to have the opportunity to excel. 

In the 2013 School Reform agreement signed with the Commonwealth, the Victorian Government committed to change the way it helps low income families with education expenses.

By making this change, Victoria was able to secure a record increase in education funding which will benefit all students, an in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The EMA program will cease at the end of 2014. From 2015, funds previously used for the EMA will be distributed directly to schools. 

Further information about the arrangements for 2015 will be available in term 3, 2014.

For more information about the changes to the EMA, see: Education Maintenance Allowance​

Education Maintenance Allowance in 2014

In 2014, the EMA payments to eligible parents is:

  • $200 for parents of eligible Prep students
  • $150 for parents of all other eligible primary school students
  • $300 for parents of eligible Year 7 students
  • $250 for parents of all other eligible secondary school students up to the age of 16.

The EMA is paid in two instalments annually (70% in March and 30% in August).

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