Extra help for local families with teenagers

Thousands of families in Blaxland will receive an increase of up to $4,200 in family


benefits if their teenager stays in school.

In January the Family Tax Benefit Part A went up for families with teenagers aged 16 to 19 years who are still in full-time secondary school or vocational training.

Member for Blaxland Jason Clare said the extra money will help families keep their kids in school and improve young people’s opportunities in life.

“Helping local families support their kids while they’re in school or in an apprenticeship is really important,” said Mr Clare.

“Getting a good education is the key to success. This extra money makes staying at school a bit easier.”

In the Blaxland electorate, 8,200 children will turn sixteen in the next five years.

“Families will have the help they need to encourage their teenagers to get an education and get ready for work,” said Mr Clare.

“By supporting Australian families we are also building a better future for everyone.”

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