Sue Browne with daughter Madeline, who attends St Luke’s Anglican School, thinks a tax break on school uniforms is a great idea.
Sue Browne with daughter Madeline, who attends St Luke’s Anglican School, thinks a tax break on school uniforms is a great idea. Scottie Simmonds

PM to cut cost of school uniforms

BUNDABERG parents have welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s promise to help them with the cost of school uniforms.

Under the proposed Education Tax Refund families will be able to claim school uniform costs up to $780 for each secondary child and $390 for primary school students.

Michelle Kross said she “easily” spent more than $1000 a year on school uniforms to send her two children to Bundaberg North Primary School.

“Financially it will take a load off the family budget,” she said. “Everything is pretty tight at the moment.”

Mrs Kross’s eldest child, Jesse, is heading to high school next year.

While Mrs Kross said it would be good to take advantage of the scheme in January, the refund would not come into effect until 2011-2012.

“I will just buy the bare essentials for him at the start,” Mrs Kross said.

Sue Browne has two children attending St Luke’s Anglican School.

She said providing uniforms for them was a costly exercise.

“Every year they grow out of their uniforms, so it will definitely help our family budget,” she said.

But Mrs Browne said she would not be able to wait until the next financial year to purchase uniforms.

“They usually grow out of their uniform so I will be buying in January and February,” she said.

The extra help will hinge on whether the government is re-elected.

Mrs Browne said she hoped the initiative would be put in place regardless of the election result.

Eligible families are those who receive Family Tax Benefit A.

Ms Gillard said the proposal was “something to take a little bit of pressure off”.

“I’ve chosen to assist families through this new measure to help with the cost of school uniforms because of my belief in the transformative power of education.”

Education Tax Refund

Families are eligible to claim $780 for each secondary child and $390 for primary school students.

Families can currently claim the cost of books, stationery and computer items to support children in their learning at school.



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