Compulsory Education Increase to the AIC Boarding Allowance

Posted on February 8, 2016

For many children living in remote regions of Australia, accessing appropriate schooling requires relocating great distances to attend boarding school. In the pursuit of education, families must find accommodation and suitable pastoral care for their children. In most cases, there is little option other than accessing private boarding schools in large cities, as they are often the only schools that offer boarding facilities. Attending these boarding schools comes with the additional high tuition fee attached to the school. One cannot be had without the other- it is a package, and an added cost to rural families. Boarding school is a necessity for many rural familiesratherthan a luxury. Our members have indicated that the out of pocket costs range anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 per child, per year depending on where students live or allowance/scholarship that are available.