Get help with costs
A family will not be discriminated against or suffer embarrassment if they are unable to contribute financially to their child's education
While public education is free, most schools request voluntary contributions to help cover costs of:
- extracurricular activities
- additional education resources
- attending or participating in sports events
- going on excursions
The cost of things like uniforms, textbooks, equipment and stationery are generally covered by parents and will need to be planned for in your budget.
There are several options to get financial help to meet education costs, depending on your circumstances, including:
- government and NDIS support
- voucher type programs, like Active and Creative Kids
- student Opal cards and other public transport subsidies
Schools will usually provide a checklist of what they provide, and what parents or carers are expected to supply. If in doubt, get in touch with the school to find out.
If you are unable to pay because of financial hardship, you may be eligible for exemptions or financial help from the school.
Contact the school principal to find out more or discuss your situation.