A government grant for women’s college could be scrapped in an effort to save taxpayer dollars, with a report into the grants program being presented to a committee of parliamentarians.
Key points:The report has recommended the government provide grants to over 50,000 students over the next five yearsThe study found that the average grant for a woman in 2019 was $1,200More than half of grants to female students are for vocational training, the report saidThe Government is currently reviewing funding for the program, with one report saying it would be axed, but another report suggests the grant will be reduced to $1.25 per hour.
The report, compiled by the women’s division of the Victorian Parliament, recommends the Government provide grants for women over the course of the next four years to help them start their own business, start their family and support themselves.
Women’s college Grants: What’s the current situation?
The report recommends that the Government provides grants for up to 50,004 students, with grants for students earning less than $75,000 per annum and students earning between $50,000 and $75.9000 per year.
This would give about 30,000 women the opportunity to start their business and start their families, according to the report.
However, the study also recommended that the funding be scaled back to $2.50 per hour for students who earn less than half the Victorian Government’s threshold of $125,000.
The Government’s responseThe Victorian Government has indicated it will not proceed with the proposal.
“We are not planning to increase the level of grant,” a spokesperson for the Government said in a statement.
“There are other funding areas where there is a need for funding, such as supporting young people to get their degrees, as well as supporting older people with the transition from university to work.”
The Government has said it will work with the Victorian women’s centre to “explore alternative options” and would “look at what other options exist” for the women.
“The Government continues to believe the funding is needed to support the women and families who are the backbone of our economy and support our families,” the spokesperson said.
“It is vital that the Women’s College Grants Program is supported by a stable and reliable funding stream and we will continue to work with our Victorian partners to make sure we get this right.”
Topics:government-and-politics,government-islamic-state,australiaFirst posted January 05, 2020 15:36:25Contact Lisa WalkerMore stories from Victoria