Brad Hazzard

NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard.

Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services, has announced a new State payment to help young people in out of home care complete their schooling after they turn 18.

Making the announcement during Foster Care Week 2015, Mr Hazzard said the payment was a game changer for children in foster care.

"Family and Community Services (FACS) is committed to ensuring young people in out-of-home care gain the benefits of a solid education and, wherever possible, encourages them to attain their Higher School Certificate and go on to further education," he said.

"Young people due to transition to independence from out-of-home care at the same time that they finish school are at risk of not attaining their HSC or equivalent if they need to establish independent accommodation at this time."

He said it is more likely that young people in out-of-home will turn 18 while they are completing year 12 because the circumstances which led them to enter care may mean they finish school at an older age than their peers.

The new, non-means tested payment is aimed at helping young people aged 18 to 24 complete their NSW Higher School Certificate. This payment provides financial support to their carer to maintain the current living and support arrangements.

Carers with a non-government agency, such as Barnardos Australia, will need to apply through their agency. If you are a Barnardos carer and would like more information about the Post Care Education Financial Support please contact us on 1800 061 000.

Watch Mr Hazzard's interview on 7 News