Free hygiene products for school students

Sanitary products will be available at school as part of a trial ensuring there are no barriers to girls’ education.

29 March 2021
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Image: No barriers: Free hygiene products at schools will reduce disadvantage.

Free menstrual hygiene products will be available to students in two pilot regions in NSW ahead of a wider rollout.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor announced the locations of the trial today at Birrong Girls High School.

Ms Mitchell said the pilot would run in 30 schools across Western Sydney and Dubbo for two terms.

“It’s important no female student feels like they can’t fully participate in all aspects of school life because they do not have access to menstrual hygiene products,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I want to make sure there are no barriers to education for female students just because they get periods.

“Once the pilot is finished we can look at how we roll this service out to all schools in the state."

Dispensers will be provided with sanitary products including pads and tampons at no cost to schools or students. The department will trial two types of dispensers, which will be placed in the female students’ bathrooms.

Minister for Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said this was something that many young girls had been asking for.

“I know that women and girls’ physical, social and economic potential is maximised when they are healthy, and their health needs are addressed,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Providing sanitary products has the potential to positively impact educational engagement and attainment, whilst reducing shame and embarrassment.”

Information about the products and their availability has been supplied to principals and schools will educate students who are likely to access the products as well as distributing materials to their community.

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