Get help with costs

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:

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.