New Post Care Education Financial Support for carers

Family and Community Services (FACS) is committed to ensuring young people in out-of-home care gain the benefits of a solid education and, wherever possible, encourages them to attain their Higher School Certificate and go on to further education.

Young people due to transition to independence from out-of-home care at the same time that they finish school are at risk of not attaining their HSC or equivalent if they need to establish independent accommodation at this time.

Many young people turn 18 while they are completing year 12. This is even more likely for young people in out-of-home care who because of the circumstances which led them to enter care may mean they finish school at an older age than their peers.

That’s why we’ve introduced the Post Care Education Financial Support.

A new, non-means tested payment aimed at helping young people aged 18 to 24 complete their NSW Higher School Certificate, this payment provides financial support to their carer to maintain the current living and support arrangements.

Information for non-government organisations

Carers apply through their agency

FACS carers will receive a Post Care Education Financial Support application form in the mail. These carers should complete the application form and return it to FACS.

Carers with a non-government agency will need to apply through their agency. Further information about the application process will be provided to carers by their agency.

Alternatively both FACS and non-government agency carers can complete the application form, and return it to their agency if they would like to initiate the process.

Other financial support to help with education costs

The carer may also continue to receive Teenage Education Payment (TEP) installments.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)