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Bank Australia supports State Schools’ Relief initiative $120,000 over 3 years


Bank Australia has recommitted to supporting disadvantaged students through a new partnership with State Schools’ Relief.


State Schools’ Relief has identified that possessing a graphing calculator is beyond the reach of many low income families. This initiative seeks to reduce the barriers for disadvantaged students in participating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMs) subjects.

“Disadvantaged students face narrower curriculum choices. Senior maths and science students now require $200+ calculators, this is a real barrier for many parents and student may miss out on a STEMs careers as a result” says the Chief Executive of State Schools’ Relief, Stephen Iles.

“Bank Australia has been long term supporters of State Schools’ Relief. With this commitment we have been able to link our history in education and science in a way that creates opportunity to continue supporting disadvantaged students in Victoria” says Bank Australia Senior Corporate Affairs Consultant Nikki Jordan.

State Schools’ Relief has provided support to families experiencing financial difficulties in Victorian State Schools since 1930. Each year State Schools’ Relief provides support to more than 12,000 students, assisting student to continue to participate in their education.

Previously trading as bankmecu, Bank Australia is over 50 years old and is a customer owned responsible bank that retains all it’s profit and jobs in the country. Investments from the Bank Australia Impact Fund are made on behalf of customers to contribute to the mutual prosperity of people, our communities and the planet.



For any media enquiries please contact

State Schools’ Relief Simone Hackett Hackett.simone.l@edumail.vic.gov.au 03 8769 8406