The public school uniform policy is being streamlined in an effort to make things simpler – and more affordable – for schools and parents.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the new policy today, which includes for the first time an option for girls to wear shorts and pants.
“Back when I was in public school, there was no option. The new modern makeover makes uniforms practical and comfortable for students, with affordability for parents front and centre,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“For families we know every dollar counts and we want to do everything possible to drive down cost of living pressures.”
The new policy states that all schools include items that are affordable, comfortable and made from easy care fabric.
Mr Stokes believes the new policy will be popular with schools, students and parents as it is now simple to understand, as opposed to the previous policy that was 24 pages.
“The new clear and concise policy that comes into effect this term is just two pages. Parents asked for a better policy and I am proud to provide one,” Mr Stokes said.
“It is important to remember that families need to have access to the most affordable uniforms possible,” he said.
Mr Stokes said the Government had heard parents loud and clear – and addressed the amount of notice for schools changing their uniforms following feedback.
“Most families buy items to last several years, so we have changed the notification period to three years on costly apparel, so parents aren’t caught out having to re-purchase expensive items such as blazers,” Mr Stokes said.