Thursday, 6 March 2014

Attention Early Childhood teachers

Contact: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Intended Audience: Early Childhood Teachers; Principals

Now is a good time to remind your staff that early childhood education teachers may be eligible to receive a reduction of half of their HECS-HELP debt if they meet certain criteria.

The HECS-HELP Benefit for early childhood education teachers reduces the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt of early childhood education teachers who work in areas of high need based on postcode location by $1,831 in the 2013-14 income year.

An additional HECS-HELP Benefit for education graduates may also be available. This may result in a total benefit of $16,000 over five years.

The attached flyer provides more detailed information on eligibility conditions and how to apply for the benefit through the Australian Taxation Office.