Education Maintenance Allowance in 2013
The EMA is being restructured to increase the focus on direct support to parents. Prep and Year 7 students will also receive a higher EMA payment.
The changes to the EMA starting in 2013 include:
Changes to the EMA will be effective from the start of the 2013 school year.
The EMA is paid in two instalments annually (70% in March and 30% in August). The August 2012 payments will not be affected by the changes.
These changes apply to government and non- government schools.
The EMA provides financial assistance to families on a low income to help with the cost of essential educational items such as textbooks, stationery, uniforms and excursions.
EMA is a means-tested payment - parents must hold a Centrelink/Veterans Affairs concession card to be eligible.
For more information about the changes to the EMA in 2013 please call 1800 060 970