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13.3.1 Allowances for Primary Students

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 13.3.1 Allowances for Primary Students

See paragraph 3.2 of the Instruments

Students who are enrolled in primary education are eligible for an annual education allowance. The annual education allowance provide to primary students shall be paid in full in respect of any initial part year.

The first year of primary schooling differs across the States and Territories. A student is eligible for the Schemes’ benefits with effect from the date of commencement of the First Year of Primary schooling (see Table below)

Pre-primary students attend part-time and so are not eligible for benefits under the Schemes.

Please note the Table below also includes information about the pre-primary schooling available in each State/Territory.

First year of Formal Schooling Across Australia

State/Territory

First year of formal schooling (part-time and not eligible for allowance)

First Year of formal Primary Schooling (when allowance can be paid)

NSW

Name

Kindergarten

Year 1

Age

4 (by 31 July)

5 (By 31 July)

Vic

Name

Kindergarten

Preparatory

Age

4 (by 30 April)

5 (By 30 April)

QLD

Name

Kindergarten

Preparatory

Age

4 (By 30 June)

5 (By 30 June)

WA

Name

Kindergarten

Pre-Primary

Age

4 (by 30 June)

5 (By 30 June)

SA

Name

Kindergarten

Reception

Age

Continuous entry after 4th birthday

Continuous entry after 5th birthday

Tas

Name

Kindergarten

Preparatory

Age

4 (By 1 January)

5 (By 30 April)

ACT

Name

Preschool

Kindergarten

Age

4 (By 30 April)

5 (By 30 April)

NT

Name

Preschool

Transition

Age

Continuous entry after 4th birthday

5 (By 30 June)

Payment of the allowance will be made to the person who is entitled to be paid family tax benefit under A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (entitled person) and if there is no entitled person - to a person approved by the Commission to receive the payment on the student’s behalf.