Minister Announces Boost To School Uniform Support Scheme

Minister for Education, James Merlino today announced that Year 7 government school students eligible for the Andrews Labor Government’s Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund will automatically receive a pack which includes the basic uniform items they need to start school.

The pack contains a jumper, PE shirt and shorts and either a dress or shorts or trousers and a shirt.  It is intended to support families during the costly period when their children switch from primary to secondary school.

This new automatic entitlement will be available from December 1, 2015 and is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million boost in support for State Schools’ Relief (SSR).

The Department of Education and Training has recently signed contracts with State Schools Relief to continue to deliver uniforms and other essential school items to disadvantaged students

This initiative is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million boost to State Schools’ Relief. The funding boost will enable SSR to increase the number of students receiving help with school uniforms, shoes, safety boots, stationery and textbooks, up from the 10,000 who benefitted from the program last year to 35,000 this year.

As part of making Victoria the Education State the Labor Government has committed to breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement. To help achieve this, the 2015-16 State Budget provides $566 million in needs based funding.

It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Schools can apply online to State Schools’ Relief at when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school.

Eligibility requirements for the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund can be found at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“As part of delivering the Education State we have set some ambitious targets including breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement.”

“A key part of this is ensuring that no one has to worry about whether or not they can afford a uniform for their child.”

Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams

“This new warehouse will enable State Schools Relief to maximise the delivery of much needed items to struggling families.”

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