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C03/2004 VETERANS' CHILDREN EDUCATION SCHEME (VCES) - RATES OF EDUCATION ALLOWANCE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 JANUARY 2004

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DATE OF ISSUE:  9 DECEMBER 2003

VETERANS' CHILDREN EDUCATION SCHEME (VCES) - RATES OF EDUCATION ALLOWANCE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 JANUARY 2004

The purpose of this instruction is to advise the rates of education allowance for VCES in 2004.

Attachment A sets out the increased rates of education allowance.  These rates are effective on and from the first payday in January 2004.

Attachment B sets out the methods used to set the education allowance rate for the age/education level categories.

The contact officer for enquiries on these rates is Mark Johnston, Disability Compensation Branch, National Office (Outposted) on (03) 9284 6203.

W R MAXWELL

Division Head

Compensation and Support

9 December 2003


Attachment A

VETERANS' CHILDREN EDUCATION SCHEME

EDUCATION ALLOWANCES EFFECTIVE 1 JANUARY 2004

Primary Students

The annual education allowance for primary students is $191.90

Secondary/Tertiary Students (fortnightly rates)

Students

At Home

$

Living Away from Home  $

Homeless

$

Under 16 years

39.40

209.96

318.50

16 – 17 years

174.30

318.50

318.50

18 years and over

209.70

318.50

318.50

Secondary/Tertiary Double Orphans (fortnightly rates)

Double Orphans

$

Under 16

173.70

16 - 20 years

318.50

21 years and over

386.90


Attachment B

Age/Education Level

Method of Indexation / Increase

Primary students

indexed annually in line with CPI for the previous financial year (in accordance with the provisions of section 1191(1) table item 3A of the Social Security Act 1991)

Secondary/tertiary students aged under 16 and living at home

indexed annually in line with CPI for the previous financial year (in accordance with the provisions of section 1191(1) table item 3A of the Social Security Act 1991)

Secondary/tertiary students aged under 16 and living away from home

aligned with the rate for Assistance to Isolated Children (AIC) as determined by the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs

Secondary/tertiary students aged over 16 and living at home or away from home

increased annually and aligned with the maximum rates for Youth Allowance as determined by the Department of Family and Community Services under part 3.5 of the Social Security Act 1991

Secondary/tertiary homeless students

increased annually and aligned to the maximum rate for Youth Allowance for people who are independent as determined by the Department of Family and Community Services under point 1067G-B3 of the Social Security Act 1991

Double orphans aged under 16

set by using formula:  VCES double orphan education allowance rate for 16 to 20 year olds less the amount of the double orphan's pension

Double orphans aged 16 to 20

the equivalent of  the Youth Allowance rate for 18 years and over living away from home

Double orphans aged 21 and over

the equivalent of the maximum rate of Youth Allowance Special Rate

Double orphans at “frozen” rates

students on “frozen rates” remain on that rate until such time as the frozen amount is equivalent to, or less than, the DO rate that they would be entitled to due to age

(Refer to C31/98 for origin of and need for “frozen” rates)