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Living Away from Home Allowances Scheme (LAFHAS)

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 External Link 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.

Documents

LAFHAS Online Application 2015

LAFHAS Application 2015 Adobe PDF document473K

LAFHAS Information Guide 2015 Adobe PDF document152K

LAFHAS Travel Calculator

Purpose

The department provides assistance to eligible Queensland parents whose children must board away from home to attend school on a daily basis because:

Expenditure guidelines

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:

Duration of program

Ongoing

Policy reference

Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme (LAFHAS) Procedure External Link
Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 Paragraph 368 Adobe PDF document External Link

Eligibility

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.

Form of assistance

Allowances are paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) as follows:

Payment details

Payment details for LAFHAS
PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid
Semester 1Monthly upon receipt and approval of application and subject to school attendance confirmation50% of annual entitlement
Semester 2From July, subject to school attendance confirmation50% of annual entitlement

Living Away from Home Allowances Scheme Rates 2014

Remote Area Tuition Allowance - benefits equivalent to total tuition fees charged by schools
YearAmount
Students in Years 1-7up to $1545 per annum
Students in Years 8-12up to $2225 per annum
Remote Area Tuition Allowance - additional benefits of 50c for each $1.00 of tuition fee charged in excess of benefits equivalent to total tuition fees charged by schools, up to a maximum total allowance
YearMaximum total allowance
Students in Years 1-7$3086 per annum
Students in Years 8-12$4444 per annum
Remote Area Travel Allowance
ItemAnnual entitlement
Minimum allowance$126 per student
First 500 km74c per km
Additional kilometres$1.22 per km
Maximum allowance$1587
Remote Area Allowance
YearAmount
Students undertaking approved agricultural courses equivalent to and in lieu of Years 11-12$1940 per student per annum

Contact

Further information specific to the LAFHAS
Freecall (rural Queensland only): 1800 248 997
Email: lafhas@dete.qld.gov.au School Financial Services
Telephone: (07) 3034 5890

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