School Fees

Catholic schools receive funding from both state and federal governments as well as contributions from parents via the payment of school fees.

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Service fees set by each school
Catholic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible, and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families. Students who meet enrolment criteria will not be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to afford school fees.
  • Everything you need to know about school fees and funding
    • How Catholic schools are funded
      Information and graphs supplied by the National Catholic Education Commission, June 2010
      Information and graphs supplied by the National Catholic Education Commission, June 2010

       

      Catholic school funding - the facts

      Catholic schools receive funding from both state and federal governments as well as contributions from parents via the payment of school fees.

      • Catholic schools have been providing a quality Catholic education for Australian children for 190 years

      • There are approximately 1,700 Catholic schools in Australia with an enrolment of almost 704,000 students

      • In the Diocese of Parramatta there are 78 systemic Catholic schools serving over 43,000 students

      • In Australia, the Catholic school system employs over 78,000 teachers and staff. This is more people than the entire Australian workforce involved in the manufacturing of motor vehicles, or the same number of people employed across every department store in Australia

      • There are over 4,000 teachers and staff working in Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta

      • Catholic school students receive significantly less government funding than students in government schools

      • Some of this gap is made up by contributions from parents and parishes through tuition fees, levies and fundraising, however Catholic schools keep fees as low as possible so they are affordable for families

      • No child is ever refused enrolment because of a family’s inability to pay school fees

      • Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta offer sibling discounts to all families, and fee concessions and scholarships are available for families in financial need

      • On average, Australian Catholic schools operate at about 85% of the resourcing level of government schools, even when parent contributions are taken into account. In the Diocese of Parramatta Catholic systemic schools operate at about 76% of the resourcing level of government schools due to lower parent contributions 

      Download the funding information brochure
    • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees

      Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees can be paid upfront at the start of the year or as three equal payments in Terms 1, 2 and 3. The fee is only charged for the first three (3) children currently enrolled in the diocese (in other words there is no additional Diocesan Tuition Fee for the fourth child attending a systemic school in the diocese or other participating Catholic schools - see 'Sibling Discounts' below). To work out how much the fee is for each child, check the table below.


      2017 ANNUAL FEES Note: no charge
      for 4th+ children
      1st
      Child 100%
      2nd
      Child 75%
      3rd
      Child 50%
      Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $ 1,131 $ 849 $ 567
      Years 1 – 6 $ 1,461 $ 1,095 $ 732
      Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $ 2,028 $ 1,521 $ 1,014
      Years 9 – 10 $ 2,250 $ 1,689 $ 1,125
      Years 11 – 12 $ 2,874 $ 2,157 $ 1,437
      Building Levy One Levy per Family $ 756
      Temporary Residents Years K-12 $ 1,869 $ 1,869 $ 1,869


      2017 TERM FEES Charged in
      Terms 1,2 & 3
      1st
      Child
      2nd
      Child
      3rd
      Child
      Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $ 377 $ 283 $ 189
      Years 1 – 6 $ 487 $ 365 $ 244
      Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $ 676 $ 505 $ 338
      Years 9 – 10 $ 750 $ 563 $ 375
      Years 11 – 12 $ 958 $ 719 $ 479
      Building Levy One Levy per Family $ 252 $ 252 $ 252
      Temporary Residents Years K-12 $ 623 $ 623 $ 623

      Please note that a term’s notice in writing must be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable.

    • Sibling Discount on Diocesan Tuition fees

      Sibling discounts apply to Diocesan Tuition Fees payable by a family where that family is also paying a full Diocesan fee on the eldest sibling. These are included above at 25% discount for the second child, 50% for the third child and 100% for the fourth and subsequent children attending Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, Archdiocese of Sydney, Diocese of Wollongong, and Diocese of Broken Bay as well as at St Dominic’s College, Kingswood.

      In addition, principals have the discretion to give a discount of up to 10% on the total diocesan tuition fee where there are siblings attending congregational schools and the principal believes that the financial circumstances of a given family warrant some reduction.

    • Do I need to apply for a sibling discount on Diocesan Tuition Fees?

      Please click on the Sibling Discount Applicable Schools attachment to see if your school is listed:

      Searchable spreadsheet version
      PDF version

       
      If your school is listed with the comment Discount Automatically Applied in the Advice Required column, you do not need to do anything further. However where children are in more than one School you will need to make sure that family information in each School is identical for sibling discounts to be calculated. Sibling discounts only apply in the current year and cannot be backdated or adjusted for prior years. Therefore Parents should check Invoice/Statements carefully to ensure correct discounts have been received.

      If any of your children attend a school listed with the comment Sibling Advice Notice Required in the Advice Required column please take the following action:

      1. Open and print out the Sibling Registration for Diocesan Tuition Fees form;

      2. Complete the form in full, listing all children attending Catholic Diocesan System Schools or St Dominic's College, Kingswood in 2013; and

      3. Post the completed form to the address at the bottom of the form.

      If your school is not shown in the attachment list we are unfortunately unable to grant a sibling discount in relation to your child's attendance at that school.

    • Annual Diocesan Building Levy

      All families with one or more children in a Parramatta Diocesan school or at St Dominic's College, Kingswood are required to pay the annual Diocese of Parramatta Diocesan Building Levy. This levy has replaced the various building levies that parents previously paid to school building funds (managed by either parishes or schools).

      The levy for 2017 is $756 per family, payable in three equal instalments of $252 payable in terms one, two and three.

      The money collected from the levy is paid into a fund from which building costs and loan repayments for these schools are paid. The levy is not tax deductible.

      Please note: families enrolling a child in other non-systemic schools or systemic schools outside the diocese may also be required to pay a levy to those schools where they operate their own building fund.

    • Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents (DEFTR)

      The Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents (DEFTR) is $1,869 per student, payable in three equal instalments of $623 in terms one, two and three.

      The fee applies to new students on the following Visa numbers: 173, 401, 411, 415, 416, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 426, 427, 428, 442, 457, 459, 476, 485, 497, 580, 600, 601, 651, 675, 676, 679, 685, 944, 956, 976 and 977 including where any of these are the preceding visas for families on bridging visas 010 to 090.

      Families charged this fee in 2013 will continue to be charged on a per family basis to the eldest student whilst the family has continuous current students.

    • Service fees
      There will be some other school fees such as enrolment, resources, subject, excursion and sports fees. These vary from school to school and are explained at the time of enrolment.
    • Payment Options

      The following methods of payment are acceptable for the settlement of School Fees:
      Cash, Cheque or Money Order, EFTPOS, Direct Debit, BPAY, Postbillpay, Centrepay Deductions, Credit Card (Visa & MasterCard only). 

      Direct Debit Request Service Agreement

    • Financial difficulty
      If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with your school principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you.

      No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

School Fees

  • Catholic schools receive funding from both state and federal governments as well as contributions from parents via the payment of school fees.

    There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

    • Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
    • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
    • Service fees set by each school
    Catholic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible, and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families. Students who meet enrolment criteria will not be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to afford school fees.
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  • You can contact Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta by email or phone on (02) 9840 5600 weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

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