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06 February 2024 Posted by 


Our commitment to creating pathways
IN 2024, my top priority is continuing our work to ease the cost-of-living crisis impacting local families in North-West Sydney. 
We have delivered responsible and meaningful support for Australian families including more affordable childcare, fee-free TAFE, and cheaper medicines. 
For the nearly 140,000 TAFE and vocational education students in Greater Sydney, our investments in TAFE and apprentices have also come into effect. This means more TAFE places, better learning environments, and more qualified graduates.
We are also giving access to up to $10,000 in financial support to apprentices in need, making it easier to get the tools you need to work and learn your trade.
We’re getting wages moving again, provided targeted relief to deal with rising energy prices, and expanded paid parental leave to boost economic participation for new parents.
And we’ve delivered Australia’s first School Student Broadband Initiative, which is providing quality broadband services to over 6,000 households – at no cost.
Whilst many students can access the internet at school, connecting at home to support remote learning and homework can be a serious challenge.
If you or someone you know has school aged children and don’t have internet at home, you can contact the National
Referral Centre on 1800 954 610 to see if you are eligible for free broadband.
Our Government recently extended the program through to the end of 2025, meaning more families can enjoy the transformational power of broadband for longer.
These are responsible, effective and targeted measures that are helping to ease the financial pressure on local families – without unnecessarily adding to inflation.
I am proud to be part of a Government focused on addressing the cost-of-living challenge – and one that takes the quality of life of families living in North-West Sydney incredibly seriously. 
We will continue our work to ensure we deliver on our commitment on a better future – for all Australians. 
Michelle Rowland MP is Minister for Communications and Federal Member for Greenway. Visit www.michellerowland.com.au


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