Free menstrual hygiene products for all NSW students

Release date: 25 January 2023

Students at public schools across NSW will return to school in 2023 with access to free menstrual hygiene products thanks to the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

More than 4600 dispensers have been installed in public schools across the state to support young women overcome barriers in accessing menstrual hygiene products.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell celebrated the rollout of this program by the Liberal and Nationals in Government for the start of the 2023 school year.

“Getting your period should not be a barrier to education. We have installed 4600 sanitary product dispensers in NSW schools to ensure students can participate in all aspects of school life,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I want our young women to feel comfortable in knowing they have access to free sanitary products when they need, in their school.

“Evidence shows that providing sanitary items has a very positive impact on educational engagement and attainment, so we know this program is going to make a huge difference for our students’ education.”

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is also supporting delivery of the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program (PPEP-Talk), developed by the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia (PPFA) and co-funded by the Australian Government.

The PPEP-Talk, an age-appropriate program to help students, parents and schools understand endometriosis and pelvic pain and early intervention strategies, will be delivered at select public schools in NSW.

“These PPEP-Talks will allow for both male and female students to be able to discuss women’s health in a respectful way that reduces the stigma that can come around women's health,” Ms Mitchell said.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the Liberal and Nationals Government have delivered what many young women have been calling for.

“This statewide rollout of period products, alongside the PPEP-Talk program, will ensure our young women have the support they need, with dignity and without barriers, as they continue their education journey,” Ms Taylor said.

“By openly discussing periods, endometriosis and reproductive health we are removing the taboo around women’s health issues.”