Students in Queensland's rural and remote communities deserve the very best educational opportunities we can provide.
When Year 7 becomes part of high school in 2015, as part of the A Flying Start for Queensland Children initiative, we will ensure all our students are supported as we make this important change. The government is committed to addressing the particular needs of students living in geographically isolated areas.
We recognise the changes which come into effect in 2015 will have an impact on rural and remote families. The readiness of students for a move away from home, family circumstances and the cost associated with boarding fees and travel, are all important considerations.
In order to assist families in rural and remote locations, we will increase the Living Away From Home Allowance rates for eligible Year 7 students to the secondary rates from 2015.
The department provides assistance to eligible Queensland parents whose children must board away from home to attend school on a daily basis because:
Entitlements are calculated and paid in accordance with legislation and guidelines covering the Living Away from Home Allowances Scheme (LAFHAS). The scheme has four component allowances:
All payments are dependent on applicants' homes meeting distance eligibility criteria or being approved under special circumstances by the Minister for Education, Training and Employment. Payment is also dependent on school attendance certifications and distance checking which is undertaken on a risk management basis.
Allowances are paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) as follows:
|Payment||During month of||Proportion of allocation paid|
|Semester 1||Monthly upon receipt and approval of application and subject to school attendance confirmation||50% of annual entitlement|
|Semester 2||From July, subject to school attendance confirmation||50% of annual entitlement|
|Students in Years 1-7||up to $1545 per annum|
|Students in Years 8-12||up to $2225 per annum|
|Year||Maximum total allowance|
|Students in Years 1-7||$3086 per annum|
|Students in Years 8-12||$4444 per annum|
|Minimum allowance||$126 per student|
|First 500 km||74c per km|
|Additional kilometres||$1.22 per km|
|Students undertaking approved agricultural courses equivalent to and in lieu of Years 11-12||$1940 per student per annum|
Further information specific to the LAFHAS
Freecall (rural Queensland only): 1800 248 997
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org School Financial Services
Telephone: (07) 3034 5825
This page was last reviewed on 19 Sep 2014