Drought support for students

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

Families affected by drought will be supported to continue accessing education.

The Morrison Government will provide an additional $15 million to schools and child care centres attended by children from drought-affected areas.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government would provide $10 million to drought-affected schools through the Special Circumstances program and $5 million to support child care centres experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure as a result of drought.

"Our Government is helping parents affected by drought who are worried about their children’s education and whether they can afford child care or school," Mr Tehan said.

"Many of these schools are taking money out of their own pockets to waive fees and subsidise fees to ensure that families can continue to send their children to school.

"We’re helping schools and helping child care centres to keep their doors open to help families affected by drought to continue to access education.

"This program was very successful when we rolled it out to support families affected by the North Queensland floods earlier this year."

The Morrison Government has now announced more than $1 billion in additional funding to support drought-hit families and communities since the election.

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