The State Government has announced a partnership with women’s organisation ‘Share the Dignity’ to provide ‘Dignity Vending Machines’ at State Schools across Queensland.
The vending machines dispense free period packs (six tampons and two pads) to students on demand, with 200 schools expressing interest.
It’s part of a $13.3 million investment by the State Government that will cover the cost of the vending machines themselves and also their installation at state schools.
The Department of Education will also cover any ongoing costs related to maintenance and stocking.
“These Share the Dignity machines have been transformational for the schools that participated in our initial rollout, so we’re really pleased to be extending the program to every school statewide,” said Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick.
Founder and Managing Director of Share the Dignity, Rochelle Courtenay said the larger rollout of these vending machines will make a real difference to students’ lives across the state.
“I am elated by the news of the expansion of this program, this announcement ensures no Queensland student will be left behind,” Ms Courtenay said.
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