The NSW Government is reportedly in the planning process of providing free pads and tampons in an attempt to eliminate “period poverty” in classrooms.
Daily Telegraph report that the announcement was made by NSW Education Secretary Mark Scott and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell in Budget Estimates this morning.
The issue of period poverty has been highlighted recently due to the hard work of Young Australian Of The Year, Isobel Marshall, propelling the initiative of free pads and tampons in schools.
Just last month, the South Australian Government announced that as of this year every public school across South Australia would be provided with free pads and tampons for girls. The initiative aims to ensure girls aren’t missing school because they can’t access the necessary sanitary items. The Victorian Government has done similar, with the intention of stamping out “period poverty” in classrooms.
It is unclear when the rollout will be happening in NSW.