Julie Owens, Member for Parramatta, said about 9,250 families from the Parramatta Council area and 6,600 families from Holroyd would start receiving the second installment of the Schoolkids Bonus from 4 July, in time for parents to purchase back-to-school items for Term 3.
“The Schoolkids Bonus helps lighten the load for local families,” Julie said.
“From next week, eligible families will receive $205 for each child in primary school, and $410 for each child in high school.
“This money helps parents buy uniforms, shoes, school books and stationery, as well as other costs like school excursions, music lessons and sports registration fees.”
This is the second installment this year for local families, with the first installment arriving before school started in January.
Julie said local families would lose this money if Tony Abbott is elected Prime Minister at the election.
Axing the Schoolkids Bonus will mean a typical family with two kids in Parramatta will be $15,000 worse off over the course of their children’s schooling.
“I know a lot of families are feeling the pinch right now, and they rely on this extra support to make sure their kids have everything they need for school.
“As the holidays come to a close and parents start getting the kids ready to go back to school, they will know how helpful the Schoolkids Bonus is for them.
“If Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister, this Schoolkids Bonus payment will be their last.
“An Abbott Government will axe the Schoolkids Bonus and hurt local families.”
Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, as well as young people in school receiving Youth Allowance, and others receiving certain income support or veterans’ payments are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.