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School Fees 

There are four types of fees at St Joseph's

School Fees

School Fees are charged per family, per year. 
In 2020, the fee will be $880 per family. 
Accounts are sent out monthly.
Fees may be paid yearly, half yearly, termly, fortnightly or weekly. 
Fees can be direct debited out of your bank account.

Maintenance Levy

A levy has been set at $25.00 per term ($120.00 per year), per family

Technology Levy
$100.00 per child - This covers the use of an iPad in the classroom and all other technology costs in grades prep/1/2/6

and the $100 in Grade 3/4/5 goes to the cost of the students owning their own individual iPads. 
These iPads become the responsibility of the individual student/parent from the beginning of Grade 3.

Pupil Requisite Levy
$150.00 per child which covers all the expenses associated with your child’s classroom programme including
all classroom materials your child will use during the school year, art supplies and sports equipment,
school performances, maintenance of our school library (new books), computer software
and associated licenses and any other school costs that arise. 

Excursion Levy
  zΩΩ$100 per child (F12) $125 per child (3456) which covers the cost of day excursions, 3/4/5/6 school camp, incursions and bus costs for sports days etc.

The School Fees and Pupil Requisite Levy are reviewed by the School Board at the end of each year,
at which time the fees and levies for the ensuring year are set.

The School Fees themselves  are an important part of the school’s overall financial plan. Not
only are they  a sign of your deliberate commitment to provide a Catholic education to your child/children,

but they are also a prerequisite if the school is to be eligible  for Government funding.

The Federal and State Governments both require  that independent schools raise a set
amount per pupil each year. School fees are one aspect of this local contribution. The balance
of the amount comes from  Parish contributions, donations and local fund raising.
We are grateful for the  important work of the Auxiliary in this area.


You are asked therefore to  give careful consideration to the way
in which you intend to honour this  commitment.

Government  Assistance

 Conveyance Allowance
A conveyance allowance is a grant to students who reside more than 5kms from a free transport service to the
school attended, providing that the school attended is the nearest school.

Camps Sports and Excursions Fund
The Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund is provided to allow some families to have money
to spend on excursions, school camps and other things.  
 Application forms are available at the school.  Parents
must have a current Health Care Card.

DOBCEL Family Assistance Scheme
In all Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Primary Schools, tuition fee discounts are available to families eligible for a means tested Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Pensioner Card. The scheme offers tuition fee discounts to both Catholic and non-Catholic families, to new and current students. Although a family may be eligible to receive a fee discount, families may choose not to apply for the fee discount and pay the full school fee.

The Family Fee Assistance Scheme will be implemented across all Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Primary Schools. Families that qualify for the scheme will pay $520 per annum ($10 per week) for primary school tuition fees.

The discounted fee covers tuition and capital fees only. It does not cover additional charges such as camps, book hire, subject levies; however, parents may approach the principal as it may be possible to have these additional charges discounted. If you are receiving the Family Fee Assistance tuition fee discount, your child will be able to take part in school activities, trips and excursions, however, you may be required to pay for activities which require additional payment.
To access this scheme you will need to go through the school’s normal enrolment procedures in order to gain a place for your child at the school. Once a position had been confirmed, you will be informed that Family Fee discounts are available; and to gain access to the discount, parents or guardians will need to show a valid card and complete a simple application form.

It is expected the Scheme will continue to operate for the length of the child’s enrolment at the school whilst a family is eligible for the Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Pensioner Card.