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Tasmanian school fee debts to be waived

The Tasmanian Government says it will waive all Tasmanian Government School debts for 2019 as part of its COVID-19 recovery strategy.

“We know this will further reduce financial pressures for Tasmanian families, parents and carers at a time when they need it most,” said Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff.

“These historical debts from 2019 and prior, total approximately $2.8 million and cover nearly 13,000 outstanding individual debts,” he said.

“The Government hopes that by clearing these outstanding debts, we are providing Tasmanians with an extra element of support in resetting their financial plans as we recover together.”

He said the announcement came in addition to the Government taking action to waive all 2020 Tasmanian School Government levies and refund amounts already paid earlier this year.

“Approximately $9 million was refunded to around 21,000 parents as a result, and a further $5 million of outstanding amounts waived,” the Minister said.

“Schools are being reimbursed for this impact so they have the same level of funding available to meet student needs,” he said.

“It is important to note there are some limited non-levy charges, for example where schools directly supply uniforms for students, which will continue to be charged during the course of 2020.”

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