Free School Books for Students to help families get back in control of their budget

Media Release
15 October 2018

Free School Books for Students to help families get back in control of their budget

A Liberal Nationals Government will help South West Coast families get back in control of cost of living pressures by paying for school textbooks for secondary students at government schools.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said the plan would save some families with two secondary students around $1,000 a year.

“Victorian families are doing it tough with cost of living pressures, especially families with school children. As a mother of four, I know how tough it can be when school is going back and the bills keep rolling in,” Mrs Britnell said.

“Families can do it a little tougher after Christmas and at the start of the school year with all the added expenses. The Free School Books for Students program will ease the financial squeeze for parents of secondary students at government schools.”

Mrs Britnell said before the last election Daniel Andrews promised “no new taxes” but since then, with the help of so-called independents in the upper house, he has introduced or increased 12 taxes. Victorians’ taxes have gone up by 35% since he was elected.

“This is about real savings for families, helping them get back in control of the family budget and helping them to provide their kids with the best education,” she said.

“Over the course of secondary school, families stand to benefit up to $2,856 or on average around $476 per year. Real savings for families.”

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will commence planning for the Free School Books for Students program in our first 100 days to commence at the start of the following academic year.

The program will be phased in over two years by year level starting in 2020 with Stage 1 for students in years 7-9 and Stage 2 for students in years 10-12.

This policy will not be capped on the number of students per family nor is it means tested.