Education

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Overview

The aim of the Education Program is to provide financial support to help Gumala families with schooling their children. The child must be recognised as a Beneficiary of the Trust to access funding. Any assistance provided is paid directly to goods or service providers, or the schools themselves. The current 2021 school year program runs until 31 October 2021. The new Education Program will run from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2022. Funds from the 2021-22 financial year are not available until 1 November 2021.

The program provides the amounts below and will not exceed these amounts:

Kindergarten Assistance – $500 | Primary School Assistance – $2500 | High School Assistance – $4000

Guidelines/Policy

All students must be registered as Beneficiaries. Enrolment records need to be provided for the child at least once during each school year. Member Services cannot process applications under this program until enrolment records are provided if they have not yet been provided for that school year.

Applications under the Education Programs must be in the name of the child. These funds may be accessed by parents to pay for education-related expenses (see list below). Parents may pool children’s funds together if required for items where all children will benefit, e.g. a home computer.

A tax invoice or quote must be sourced from the goods or service provider and sent to GAC with the Education Program application form and proof of enrolment for the child, if not yet provided. Please use separate application forms for each individual child. Where payments are being made directly to the child’s school, enrolment records are not required.

The program provides the amounts below and will not exceed these amounts:
• $500 per child for kindergarten students
• $2,500 per child for primary school students
• $4,000 per child for high school students

Eligibility

All school aged Gumala Beneficiaries (minors) are eligible for this program if:

  1. They are going to school (enrolment records may be required)
  2. Their parent is a registered Member of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (pending Member’s children cannot access funds)

Items available under the program

  1. Books and stationery
  2. School fees and contributions
  3. Uniforms
  4. Canteen lunches (quote required)
  5. Camp and Country Week fees
  6. Equipment – e.g. sports clothing, musical instrument, computer, iPad (only one per financial year)
  7. School photographs
  8. Tutoring
  9. Travel and accommodation (boarding school and school bus services only)
  10. Extracurricular activities or excursions
  11. Bicycles and scooters (capped at $600)
  12. Children’s sports clothing (excluding uniforms; capped at $600)

Items NOT available under the program

  1. Food
  2. Fuel
  3. Mobile phones and smart watches

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