The payment is made at the start of Terms One and Three to help cover the cost of items such as stationery, textbooks, software, laptops, iPads, bags, uniforms and shoes.
The SchoolKids Bonus also can help cover the cost of school camps, excursions and extracurricular activities such as music lessons.
However, the Abbott Government has introduced legislation to scrap the SchoolKids Bonus, which will affect more than 26,423 local primary and secondary school kids in Bankstown.
If this legislation passes the Senate, the January SchoolKids Bonus payment will be their last.
“Without the SchoolKids Bonus, our community will be one of the hardest hit,” Mr Clare said.
“If you have two kids at school you will now be up to $1,640 worse off a year. Over the time your children are at school you will miss out on $15,000
“This is a ruthless cut from a Government that clearly doesn’t care about local families in Bankstown.
“The Schoolkids Bonus is a big help to over 14,281 local families in Bankstown. Every one of these local families will be worse off if the Schoolkids Bonus is scrapped.”
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