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Greens urge O-week students to enrol for student payments

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 23 Feb 2009

Tens of thousands of WA university students returning to study in the next fortnight will be able to qualify for a $950 Government Training and Learning Bonus, thanks to an extended deadline negotiated by the Australian Greens.

“Under Kevin Rudd’s original plan for the $42 billion economic stimulus package, only those students who had enrolled by 3 February could qualify for the $950 bonus,” Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“However, as a result of the Greens’ negotiations in the Senate this deadline has been extended to 31 March.”

Senator Siewert negotiated the win along with Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

"This new deadline is much more sensible given many students do not enrol until the last minute,” Senator Siewert said.

“Without our amendment, thousands of students stood to miss out on the bonus.

"The beginning of the year is an expensive time for students - what with buying expensive study materials and securing accommodation - so the bonus will be very useful.
"I am glad that more students will be able to qualify for the bonus as result of our extension on the deadline, given students are facing higher costs than ever for their education,” Senator Siewert said.

Students eligible for the $950 payment include all students who enrol in, and commence, full time study this semester who are receiving the following student income support payments: Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.

Full-time postgraduate students receiving Australian Postgraduate Awards (stipends) this semester will also receive the Training and Learning Bonus.

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

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