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FOWLER MP Chris Hayes has urged local families with school aged children to update their child's enrolment details before the end of the year to qualify for the Schoolkids Bonus.

The bonus is worth $410 for each child in primary school, and up to $820 a year for each high school student.

Mr Hayes said about 400,000 families were eligible to receive the bonus.

"Families will need to go online and update their children's school details before the end of the year to ensure they receive the correct payment," he said.

"As a parent of three and a grandfather to five, I am aware of the high costs of uniforms, books and stationery, as well as other costs like school excursions, music lessons and sports registration fees.

"I know that any help at the beginning of the school year is most certainly welcome, therefore it is important to let Centrelink know your child is starting primary or high school next year, or families could miss out on the payment," Mr Hayes said.

Once families have updated their details, the Schoolkids Bonus will be paid straight into their bank account in January and July next year.

The bonus replaces the Education Tax Refund, which means families no longer need to keep receipts and wait months to claim education costs through their tax return.

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, as well as young people in school receiving Youth Allowance and others receiving certain income support or veterans' payments are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.


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