Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA):

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial assistance to families on a low income to help with the cost of essential educational items such as textbooks, stationery, uniforms and excursions.

EMA is a means-tested payment - parents must hold a Centrelink/Veterans Affairs concession card to be eligible.

In 2014, the EMA amount is:

  • $300 for parents of eligible Year 7 students
  • $250 for parents of all other eligible secondary school students up to the age of 16.
  • Children turning 16 years during the year, are paid on a pro rata basis until their birth month.

The 2014 EMA parent application form is available for download from: 

An EMA application form must be completed by eligible parents/guardians and submitted annually to schools.

The closing date for parents/guardians to lodge EMA application forms is 28 February 2014.

How is EMA paid?

On the EMA parent application form, parents may choose from the following payment methods:

  • paid by direct deposit (Electronic Funds Transfer) into the parent’s bank account; or
  • paid to the school to be held as credit which the parent can use towards education expenses; or
  • paid by cheque which will be posted to the school for collection.

Closing Date: Parents/guardians need to lodge an EMA application form  by 28 February 2014.

For more information please contact the Dromana College Administration Office on 5987 2805.


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