Carer funding boost

Teenagers in out-of-home care will receive financial support to ensure they complete their education and training through a NSW Government initiative.

The Teenage Education Payment supports 16 and 17 year olds who are engaged in education and training and their foster, relative and kinship carers through a $6,000 annual payment.

The initiative, announced by NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward, will help boost participation in education and to improve life outcomes for these teenagers.

"Education and training are key pathways for every young person to succeed in life. For teenagers in out-of-home care, education and training is even more crucial to prevent disadvantage," Ms Goward said.

"If we can help carers keep 16 and 17 year olds at school or TAFE, we can better secure these teenagers' future."

The payments, which start from 1 July 2012, will be sent to carers at the beginning of each school term or TAFE semester to help meet the costs of education and training.

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said increasing the number of students completing attendance high school or training is a key target of the NSW Government's NSW 2021 Plan.

"This payment will help some of our most vulnerable teenagers stay in school or training, and the Department of Education and Communities is assisting with the implementation of this reform," Mr Piccoli said.

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