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Boarding Away from Home Allowance - Respite

An annual allowance to assist parents/carers with children who may access respite. Respite students may board away from home because of physical or intellectual disabilities, health related conditions or learning difficulties.

How to Apply

Application forms for the Boarding Away from Home Allowance – Respite can be obtained from the Department of Education by contacting ​​9264 4516.


Western Australian parents and carers are eligible to apply if they receive Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) payments for short term boarding from the Department of Human Services for primary and secondary school students to a maximum age of 19 years. A proportionate allowance is paid if the student with the disability, health condition or learning difficulty boards for 20 days or more over the school year. Students must not be in receipt of ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance.

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