The Victorian Government committed to the funding of $20.7 million over four years, beginning from Term 3 of that year. “Being able to access sanitary products shouldn’t be a barrier for girls and young women to get the most out of their education,” the statement read.
Just under a year later, and more than 1,500 Government schools have had dispenser machines installed in at least one bathroom, to provide easy and discreet access for students.
“Getting your period is a normal part of life and sanitary items are a basic necessity,” said Minister for Women, Gabrielle Williams. “We’re ensuring all girls in our public schools have access to pads and tampons when they need them, so they can focus on their studies.”
Despite half the population requiring the use of sanitary products each month, Victoria is the first state and territory to implement the free sanitary items initiative. They will also be providing education and important health information to students about how to manage their periods.