The latest news on DVA's Education Schemes.
Survey shows positive results
In June 2020, DVA conducted its annual Education Schemes Satisfaction Survey to measure the success of the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the MRCA Education and Training Scheme.
Overall, the results were very positive — 88.5% of respondents reported the Education Schemes were effective or very effective in supporting them or their dependants with their education. This is a three per cent increase in satisfaction compared to 2019.
There was a 13 per cent increase in awareness of the range of support under the Education Schemes. One in three respondents did not know about additional support and were interested in additional tuition in particular. DVA will contact survey respondents, where they provided their details, to provide further information on the additional support available.
Over the next year, DVA will continue to focus on making it easier for clients to connect with us and provide feedback about how the Education Schemes are working to support improvements.
In 2020, the Education Schemes are supporting 3,140 students with Education Allowance and a range of additional supports including tuition, career guidance and counselling.
For more information about the Education Schemes visit the ‘Education Schemes’ page of the DVA website.
Since 27 April 2020, eligible students under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the MRCA Education and Training Scheme have received the temporary Coronavirus Supplement of $550, in addition to their fortnightly education allowance.
From 25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, these students will receive the Coronavirus Supplement of $250 a fortnight. This is an extension of the payment from its original end date of 24 September 2020.
Eligible students are those who receive education allowance from DVA at a similar rate to Youth Allowance. This includes students receiving education allowance who are aged 16 and over, and those receiving education allowance at the living away from home, homeless, or double orphan rates.