In 2010 44 percent of 18-24 year old Australians were studying, compared to only 22 percent of New Zealanders resident in Australia.
16 July 2006
In 2010, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures showing that, across Australia, 44 percent of 18-24 year-olds were studying. Among the New Zealand residents of Australia, however, the figure dropped sharply to 22 percent. Figures released by other organisations paint a similar or even more bleak picture of the educational prospects of Kiwi-born kids in Australia.
These shocking statistics can largely be attributed to a series of policy changes by the Australian Government over the past 15 years. The removal of eligibility for New Zealand citizens first for citizenship and student support payments, eg Youth Allowance, then eligibility for HELP loans and a range of undergraduate scholarships, have had an absolutely devastating effect on the educational and career prospects for Kiwi-born kids who call Australia home.
The changes to HELP eligibility rules announced last year may improve the situation for some. However, many will still miss out due to the very tight eligibility criteria.
Oz Kiwi continues to lobby for changes to resolve this situation. It is not in Australia’s interest to deny children raised here the opportunities that would allow them to make the most of their potential.
How you can help
You can also email a PDF of your letter the New Zealand Minister of Education.
Explain how not being eligible for HELP loans affects your family. Ask what their position is on allowing all New Zealanders residing in Australia to access HELP loans. Download a HELP letter template to use.
For more information, refer to HELP loans Eligibility.