State Schools' Relief (SSR) is an autonomous, charitable organisation that assists Victorian government school students who are experiencing financial disadvantage because of short-term crisis or long-term chronic need.

SSR is supported by the department to provide assistance with uniforms and other essential items for students who need assistance to continue their education.

Short-term crisis and long-term chronic need are the primary qualifying criteria for support from SSR, including refugee status, homelessness, family violence, house fire, natural disaster, financial hardship, illness and emergency.

SSR assistance will be provided by either direct supply of uniform items or uniform vouchers for redemption from school uniform suppliers.

Requests for assistance

Principals (or their authorised delegate) make a needs based assessment for individual students using the eligibility criteria determined by SSR before using the SSR online application portal to make individual requests for assistance on behalf of students.

Schools not already registered should contact SSR.

For further information, refer to State Schools' ReliefExternal Link .

Department advice on State Schools' Relief organisation and the process for requesting assistance

Reviewed 25 October 2022

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


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