Australian Government Assistance
Centrelink The Centrelink website has been incorporated into the Department of Human Services website. The new site is a convenient, single entry point for health, social and welfare payments and services.
Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme (AIC) Help for parents and carers of primary, secondary and certain tertiary students who cannot go to an appropriate state school because of geographical isolation, disability or special health need.
Youth Allowance can assist you if you are a young person who is studying, undertaking training or an Australian Apprenticeship, looking for work, or if you are sick.
Rent Assistance Financial help to people who pay rent and receive a Centrelink payment.
Abstudy may help you stay at school or go on to further studies, if you are an Indigenous secondary or tertiary student or a full-time Australian Apprentice.
Education Payment Rates Factsheet provides a summary of the qualifications, income and assets tests and the most up to date payment rates for the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme, Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Pensioner Education Supplement.
Study Assist The Department of Education has just released this new Study Assist website which brings together current and new features that will help you find information about HELP loans and more.
Websites You May Find Useful
ABSA - The Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) exists to promote the interests of boarding schools in Australia by enhancing the well-being of boarders, facilitating the professional development of staff and advancing best practice among schools.
ACCAN - The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network is Australia’s peak body for consumer representation in communications. It aims to empower consumers to make good choices about products and services.
ACSSO - The Australian Council of State School Organisations is the peak national organisation representing the interests of the parents, families and school communities of more than two million children attending government schools throughout Australia.
Australian Homestay Network - Set up to assist school or tertiary students find accommodation away from home with a host family. Ph: 1300 697 829.
BIRRR (Better Internet for Rural, Regional & Remote Australia) - Here you will find information about the frequently confusing topic of broadband services in rural Australia. BRRR has created this ‘one-stop shop’ for relevant information and links related to the topic.
Boarding Australia - Boarding Australia supports people managing and working in boarding facilities recognising the unique roles they play in the lives of their students.
Cyberbullying -- A guide to respond. The Office of the eSafety commissioner has a brilliant guide to respond to cyberbullying. The issues are more than just getting the content taken down -- there are emotional, sometimes physical, and definitely social implciations for the young person involved, regardless if they are the target, a bystander or perpetrator of the cyberbullying behaviour.
FRRR - The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal assists rural, regional and remote Australians by providing grant funding, lending its tax deductible status to help communities fundraise and build capacity.
Learning Potential - With the aim of helping parents to be more involved in their child's learning, from the highchair to high school, Learning Potential has useful tips and ideas to help make the most of small opportunities that may arise each day. The site also contains information about the associated app for use on mobile devices.
Myfuture - A free, easy-to-use, online career information and exploration service, assisting people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions. It includes, a career profile tool; information about a broad range of occupations and industries; up-to-date details of education and training providers, scholarships and courses Australia-wide; articles to assist you in getting started in your career, changing career direction and supporting your child as they begin their career journey; labour market information, events calendar, newsletter, printable posters, animations and other helpful tools.
My School - My School is a unique and innovative online resource. It provides up-to-date quality data on the performance and resources available to more than 9,500 Australian schools. The site also allows comparisons to be made between schools.
NRHA - National Rural Health Alliance comprises 28 Member Bodies, each a national body in its own right, representing health professionals, service providers, consumers, educators and researchers.
Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner - The site offers a range of resources for parents including information on cyberbullying, parental controls, and videos covering basic online concepts that every parent needs to know.
Positive Choices - This website is funded and endorsed by the Australian Government Department of Health and provides evidence-based drug education resources for school communities. The website includes resources for parents such as ‘How to approach conversations with your teen’, ‘Drugs and the law’ and fact sheets on the different drugs. This site may be helpful to parents as they prepare their children for times when they are away from home where they may be exposed to a number of situations that they need to know how to manage.
QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) - An innovative website that compares quality indicators for learning and teaching at Australian higher education institutions.The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching or QILT website helps students and their families make informed choices about their higher education options by bringing together survey data from all Australian universities about students' experiences and graduate job outcomes.
TAFE Accredited Courses -- Choose from a wide range of career possibilities that fits you. You can even take your learning in the comfort of your home and at your own pace.
VISE - Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education provide educational assistance to families and students in rural Australia. We also provide domestic and personal support in the case of emergencies or when respite is necessary.
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