Free pads and tampons are to be handed out to Victorian students to help reduce the stigma around periods in the schoolyard.

The state government is rolling out the sanitary product program to try and help families save money.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the $20.7 million program will start this week.

Andrews said “This will help reduce stigma and embarrassment for girls, as well as saving families hundreds of dollars.”

“Victorian schools will be the first in Australia to give students free pads and tampons — because getting your period shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a great education,” he continued.

The University High School in Parkville will be one of the first schools to have the products available, with University High, Mt Alexander College and Footscray City following shortly.

A further 230 schools will be targeted for the launch next term.


131,000 school girls will be able to use the products.