Get help with costs

While public education is free, most schools request voluntary contributions to help cover the costs of:

  • extracurricular activities
  • additional education resources 
  • attending or participating in sports events
  • going on excursions

The cost of school supplies like uniforms, textbooks, equipment and stationery are generally covered by parents and will need to be planned for in your budget.

Schools will usually provide a checklist of what they provide, and what parents or carers are expected to supply. You can get in touch with the school if you’re unsure.

If you’re unable to pay because of financial hardship, you may be eligible for exemptions or financial help from the school.

In addition, there are different types of financial help available, including:

You can also find more information on financial support for parents or carers of children with disability.