Parents Voice in Government School Education

Back-to-school costs: PV media comment

An article in the Age today exposes the difficulty many families are having with the costs of getting their children back to school for 2023.

According to the article, “a survey by the Smith Family of almost 2000 families across Australia who have received help from the charity found nine out of 10 parents and carers are worried about being able to afford back-to-school supplies.”

Parents Victoria CEO Gail McHardy is quoted in the article, as follows:

Parents Victoria president Gail McHardy said they usually start to hear how parents are feeling about back-to-school costs soon after they return.

She said students sometimes have to pay for locker hire and student ID cards as well as the technology-related costs, which vary from school to school; one was $258 per student.

McHardy said some teachers paid for resources out of their own pockets.

“Parents Victoria remains frustrated around the lack of funding to public schools and the December announcement by the federal minister to delay (a new funding agreement) by one year is not acceptable,” she said.

Read the Age article

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