Secondary Assistance Scheme

Secondary Assistance Scheme

The secondary assistance scheme (SAS) is to assist low-income families with secondary schooling costs for students in Years 7 to 12. It is made up of 2 allowances:
  • the Education Program Allowance (EPA) which is paid directly to the college,
  • the Clothing Allowance (CLA) which is ideally paid to the applicant (bank account required) or to the college.
Please note that students who receive an ABSTUDY payment must apply for the ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance (ASA) rather than the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS).


Concession cards

To be eligible for the scheme, the parent or guardian must hold at least one of these concession cards:
  • Centrelink Health Care Card
  • Centreline Pensioner Health Care Card
  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue card).
The concession card must:
  • be valid for at least 4 weeks
  • be valid for some time within Term 1, 2024 (31 January to 28 March 2024)
  • have the student listed on it
  • not be expired at the time of applying for SAS.
Both physical and electronic concession cards are valid.

Submitting a Secondary Assistance Scheme application

Eligible families should complete the appropriate Secondary Assistance Scheme form and submit to the college by no later than Thursday 28 March 2024 (Week 9, Term 1).
Application forms can be submitted
  • by email to
  • in person
If submitting an application form by email and/or signing the application electronically, applicants must also email a copy of both sides of the applicable concession card with the application to the college. 
If submitting the application form in person, the applicant must bring their physical or digital concession card and their bank account BSB and account numbers in for office staff to be able to view.

Secondary Assistance Scheme forms

To apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme, please download and complete the relevant form below.
For eligible students who do not receive an ABSTUDY payment:
Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) Public School Application form
For eligible students who do receive an ABSTUDY payment:
Abstudy Supplement Allowance (ASA) Public School Application form

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