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Independent Youth Allowance - make your views heard Thursday, June 25, 2009

Source: Luke Hartsuyker MP

The Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker has called on local families to make a submission to the Senate inquiry which is looking at budget changes to the Independent Youth Allowance criteria.

“These harsh changes have devastated students, particularly those in their gap year, who now will not meet the new criteria,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Currently, students can receive Independent Youth Allowance if they work at least 15 hours per week for at least two years or they earn at least $19,532 in an 18 month period (since leaving school). Under the changes they will have to work for 30 hours per week for 18 months, effectively forcing them to defer their studies for two full years or otherwise work full time whilst studying.

“The Senate Inquiry which will be looking at the Rudd Government changes will be taking submissions until August 7 and the report is due on October 29.

“The hearings will be held between August and September with the locations yet to be confirmed.”

People wanting to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry can write to: The Committee Secretary, Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

The terms of reference are that the committee investigates and assesses the impact of the government youth allowance measures in relation to:

a. the financial impact on rural and regional students who are attending metropolitan secondary schools, universities or TAFE;

b. the education alternatives for rural and regional students wanting to study in regional areas;

c. the implications of existing and proposed Government measures on prospective students living in rural and regional areas;

d. the short and long term impact of current and proposed Government policies on regional university and TAFE college enrolments;

e. the adequacy of Government measures to provide for students who are required to leave home for secondary or post-secondary study;

f. the education needs of rural and regional students;

g. the impact of Government measures and proposals on rural and regional communities

Independent Youth Allowance - make your views heard Thursday, June 25, 2009

Source: Luke Hartsuyker MP

The Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker has called on local families to make a submission to the Senate inquiry which is looking at budget changes to the Independent Youth Allowance criteria.

“These harsh changes have devastated students, particularly those in their gap year, who now will not meet the new criteria,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Currently, students can receive Independent Youth Allowance if they work at least 15 hours per week for at least two years or they earn at least $19,532 in an 18 month period (since leaving school). Under the changes they will have to work for 30 hours per week for 18 months, effectively forcing them to defer their studies for two full years or otherwise work full time whilst studying.

“The Senate Inquiry which will be looking at the Rudd Government changes will be taking submissions until August 7 and the report is due on October 29.

“The hearings will be held between August and September with the locations yet to be confirmed.”

People wanting to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry can write to: The Committee Secretary, Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

The terms of reference are that the committee investigates and assesses the impact of the government youth allowance measures in relation to:

a. the financial impact on rural and regional students who are attending metropolitan secondary schools, universities or TAFE;

b. the education alternatives for rural and regional students wanting to study in regional areas;

c. the implications of existing and proposed Government measures on prospective students living in rural and regional areas;

d. the short and long term impact of current and proposed Government policies on regional university and TAFE college enrolments;

e. the adequacy of Government measures to provide for students who are required to leave home for secondary or post-secondary study;

f. the education needs of rural and regional students;

g. the impact of Government measures and proposals on rural and regional communities