As a principal, you are well aware that every student, regardless of their circumstances, should have the best possible chance to reach their potential.
If you have a family who is struggling to meet the costs of school uniforms, shoes, books and stationery for their children, you may be able to receive these for free or at a discount through State Schools’ Relief.
Not-for-profit organisation, State Schools’ Relief, will receive more than $15.65 million over four years from the Victorian Government to provide free or discounted new uniforms, shoes, books and more to 25,000 students across Victoria.
State Schools' Relief helps an existing 10,000 students through its fundraising efforts, with the additional 25,000 being helped by the government’s funding, bringing the yearly total to 35,000 students.
Families with children in government schools can receive assistance through State Schools’ Relief if they are facing one or more of the following:
- health issues resulting in serious financial difficulty
- house fires where school clothing is lost
- natural disasters
- serious financial difficulty.
Victorian government Year 7 students who are recipients of the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund are automatically eligible for a uniform package. For more information about this initiative download a fact sheet below or contact State Schools’ Relief.
Fact sheets for schools (pdf - 789.17kb) | Word (docx - 34.79kb)
What you should do
Schools, not families, can apply to State Schools’ Relief for this support.
If you are aware of a family that may be experiencing financial difficulties, set up a meeting with them and discuss the possibility of them being eligible for support through State Schools' Relief.
If you are unsure if a family qualifies, Victorian government school principals, assistant principals or student welfare coordinators can contact State Schools’ Relief on 8769 8400.
Applications are processed within 24-48 hours and items are discreetly delivered to schools by courier within three working days, free of charge.
You can also make a request for assistance via State Schools' Relief