Community Programs

1.0 Education, Training and Enterprise

This program provides assistance to members with the cost of primary and secondary education, and to attend accredited vocational and higher education courses provided by Australian schools, universities, colleges and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

General program information and exclusions:

  • Employment-related training courses, for example, driver training, is funded through IBN’s employment programs. If you require assistance with short course training please contact an IBN Field Officer on 1800 014 401.
  • Dependent children: To claim assistance for dependent children, IBN Members must first register their children on the IBN Child Register. Contact Selina Bilton, Field Officer Education, on 1800 014 401 for more information.

Back to School Kit

Maximum of $150 per child for school necessities such as lunchbox, bag, school shoes, socks and other school essentials.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment
  • School’s list of ‘back to school requirements’ .i.e. requirements list.

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Semester 1 primary school only.

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Computers

Provision of either a desktop or laptop computer, up to the value of $1,500, when required for educational purposes. Limited to one computer per household every three years.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment
  • Supplier quote(s) including supplier payment details.

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Computers are for educational purposes only
  • Limit of one computer per household every 3 years

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Primary school expenses

Enrolment fees, books, uniforms, excursions, iPad/tablet (one device every 3 years), and other school-specified expenses, capped at $2,000 per child.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment
  • School ‘requirement list’
  • School ‘POD/BYOD’ iPad/tablet program information
  • Supplier quotes for eligible expenses, including supplier payment details.

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Ipad/tablet limit is 1 device every 3 years with evidence that it is a mandatory school requirement, and will be managed through the schools ‘POD/BYOD’ program. Payment will be made as per the school requirements.

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Secondary school expenses

Enrolment fees, books, uniforms, excursions, school balls (capped at $800 per event), iPad/tablet (one device every 3 years), and other school-specified expenses, capped at $2,000 per child.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment
  • School ‘requirement list’
  • School ‘POD/BYOD’ iPad/tablet program information
  • Supplier quotes for eligible expenses, including supplier payment details.

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Ipad/tablet limit is 1 device every 3 years with evidence that it is a mandatory school requirement, and will be managed through the schools ‘POD/BYOD’ program. Payment will be made as per the school requirements.

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 Secondary scholarships

Private schooling, including travel, tuition, boarding, uniforms, excursions, and other school-specified expenses. Payment of boarding fees only for IBN Community Members residing in the Pilbara or Gascoyne.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment and fee schedules
  • Evidence of ABSTUDY of other scholarship assistance
  • Supplier quotes for eligible expenses including payment details
  • 80 percent attendance is required for assistance to continue
  • End of semester school reports

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Applicants must first apply for ABSTUDY. IBN will only subsidise education expenses not available under other funding options.
  • Boarding fees and travel assistance is only available to students who live in the Pilbara or Gascoyne and study away from home.

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 Vocational and higher education

Study expenses

Up to $10,000 per year for required study expenses, for vocational, higher education accredited courses offered by Australian schools, universities, colleges and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Assistance may include: Enrolment and tuition fees (outside HECS-Help), clothes, textbooks, activities, equipment, iPad/tablet. Payment of boarding fees and travel expenses only for IBN Community Members residing in the Pilbara or Gascoyne.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of enrolment in an accredited course and fee schedules
  • Evidence of ABSTUDY of other scholarship assistance
  • Supplier quotes for eligible expenses including payment details

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HECS-Help

Up to $20,000 towards repayment of HECS/Help fees upon successful completion of an Australian university degree. Includes apprenticeships and traineeships.

Required documentation:

  • Evidence of graduation from an eligible accredited course
  • Statement of HECS-Help fees for refund

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Enterprise Grants

The Enterprise Grants program helps IBN Members to set up, develop, diversify or expand Pilbara-based business or not-for-profits enterprises.

Exploration Grant

Up to $2,000 for approved activities towards concept development for a new or established Pilbara-based business. The grant may be used to hire a business advisor or consultant, conduct market research and other business and financial planning activities.

Required documentation:

  • Supplier quote(s) including supplier payment details.
  • *Optional – Business plan.

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Enterprise proposal must be developed in consultation with Many Rivers, IBN’s approved business advisory service.

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Development Grant

Up to $20,000 per IBN Community Member may be available to start or expand an existing Pilbara-based business. IBN can also provide a business advisor to assist with business planning and budgeting.

Required documentation:

  • Supplier quote(s) including supplier payment details.
  • Business plan and budget
  • Bank statement and proof of appropriate bookkeeping and accounting arrangements
  • Contracts, letter of support from new / existing customers

Exclusions / conditions:

  • Recipients must sign a contract that may specify an obligation for an acquittal to IBN for all grant expenditure and regular reports on business progress.
  • Directors of IBN are not eligible to apply for Enterprise Grants.
  • Legal advice must be sought regarding grant applications from current directors of IBNs Representative Corporations.

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