Starting primary school is an important milestone in a child's development. There are a lot of things to try and remember before your child starts. IThe Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) provide an excellent resource for parents about starting primary school. There are a lot of useful resources and links as well. For further information about starting school, please visit the DEECD website. Click here
Victorian government schools provide free instruction in the standard curriculum, however, schools are able to charge for the materials and services used by students during this instruction. Schools may also raise funds by asking for donations. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) website provides information about the cost to parents and types of financial assistance that may be available. For further information, please visit the DEECD website, click here
In July 2011 the Commonwealth Government introduced the Healthy Start for School Measure. The Healthy Start for School Measure is a health check for children of families who are receiving income support from Centrelink. The Commonwealth governement has made the payment of the Family Tax Benefit A supplement conditional on the Healthy Start for School Measure in the year that a child turns four.
Strengthening Immunisation for Children
From 1 July 2012 families will be required to meet immunisation requirements to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement for the financial years that each child turns one, two and five years of age. This will replace the Maternity Immunisation Allowance (MIA) which will cease from 1 July 2012. Download the factsheet or read questions and answers by clicking on the on the link below:
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