2.1 MIB Education
This policy is designed to provide an allocation of funds to MIB beneficiaries and their biological children to assist with their educational needs. It provides procedures, processes and a guiding set of inclusions in relation to support and assistance for the furtherance of education for MIB beneficiaries.
What is covered;
- Early Childhood, day care and primary school students can be provided with an allocation of funds of up to $5,000. They are also entitled to apply for up to an additional $5,000 for extra curricula activities
- Public Secondary School students can be provided with an allocation of funds of up to $5,000 public secondary school students are entitled to apply for up to an additional $5,000 for extra curricula activities
- Private School secondary students can be provided with an allocation of funds of up to $80,000
- Tertiary / Vocational Education Training (VET) and personal education course students: $10,000 for course fees and expenses (including tools of trade) and up to $13,500 for boarding or rent assistance during each calendar year.
To be eligible for this assistance, an applicant must meet beneficiary criteria as follows:
- The applicant is listed as a Non-IBN (MIB) Banjima Beneficiary on the Register of Banjima People
- Birth Child registered under the above membership.
- Note; Daisy and IB People are not eligible to be supported under this policy.
For the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
|Early childhood, day care & primary||$5,000|
|Extra curricula - Early childhood & primary||$5,000|
|Extra curricula - Public Secondary||$5,000|
|Tertiary / VET (fees & expenses)||$10,000|
|Tertiary / VET (boarding & rent)||$13,500|
|MIB Education - Private Secondary||$80,000|
|Contingency funding - amount available dependant on DMC approval||TBC|
- In order to qualify for future assistance, students must provide evidence of a minimum pass of subjects
- All courses must be studied within Australia, except in the case that members can prove long term residency overseas
- No allocations of funds can be transferred to another member
- Cash payments and reimbursements cannot be paid to any beneficiary. Payments will be made directly to the seller or service provider.
- Applications for extra funding, or "Contingency", are subject to DMC review and authorisation. Standard BNTAC processing times cannot be upheld during this application process.
IT Equipment - Limit of Support
BNTAC will support a maximum cost of $2,700 per Laptop or Desktop (incl. monitor) required.
Unless otherwise explicitly supported by the Education provider, this amount is sufficient to purchase a Business spec IT system, such as those currently used at BNTAC.
If a member wishes to purchase IT equipment of a higher specification than outlined in their supporting documentation, they are welcome to pay any extra cost themselves, over the amount listed above.
Support for IT accessories will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. These items will not be included within the limit provided above. Members may be requested to support the purchase of IT accessories with documentation, such as a support letter or school materials list, etc.
Mobile Phone - Limit of Support
BNTAC will support a maximum cost of $300 per Mobile 'Smart' Phone required.
Unless otherwise explicitly supported by the Education provider, Healthcare professional, etc. the amount of $300 is sufficient to purchase a mobile smart phone for the purposes of SMS, phone calls and/or use of online applications. Quotes have been obtained to show reasonable costs of affordable internet enabled smart phones.
If a member wishes to purchase a mobile phone of a higher specification than outlined in their supporting documentation, they are welcome to pay any extra cost themselves, over the amount listed above.
Support for phone accessories will be limited to a protective phone cover (up to $100) and a prepaid SIM starter kit (up to $100) to enable network access. Any equipment over and above this will require further supporting documentation to show need.
How to apply
- Download and complete the MIB Education application form (available here).
- Provide supporting evidence, such as:
- Acceptance letter from the educational institution
- Enrolment letter from the educational institution
- Proof of requirement is required for technology i.e. school list/school letter
- Quote or tax invoice (includes the seller’s Australian business number (ABN), what is being requested, its cost (including GST, if any) and date of issue).
- Birth Certificate (for under 18s) to show Birth Child relationship with Applicant
- Submit application by sending forms and evidence to Member Services by:
- You will be contacted by BNTAC with the outcome of your application.
- If you are not happy with the outcome, you can appeal a decision.