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Parent Payments Policy

Rationale

Ballarat High School is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all students.

Parent Contributions assist the School to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and maintain its high standards of education in quality facilities. Parent contributions supplement Government grants and are crucial to our budget.

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 provides for instruction in the standard curriculum program to be free to all students in government schools. School Councils are responsible for developing and approving school-level parent payment charges and can request payments from parents only under the following three categories:

  • Curriculum Contributions
  • Extra-Curricular Items and Activities
  • Other Contributions.

Aims

  • To provide students of Ballarat High School a high standard of education, access to quality facilities and specialised programs.
  • To allow School Council to establish a structure for School charges.
  • To ensure compliance with the Education and Training reform Act 2006, DET policy and guideline documents.

Implementation

  • School Council will, each year, determine the applicable amounts that parents of students attending Ballarat High School are requested to contribute.
  • The School will comply with the DET policy and guidelines for Parent Payments, and undertake the implementation and administration of this Policy in line with the guidelines.

In particular Ballarat High School will

  • Ensure all students will be treated equally and have access to the standard curriculum free of charge,
  • Ensure parent payments are set at levels not exceeding the cost of the materials and/or services being provided,
  • Parent payments will only be set under the categories of Curriculum Contributions, Extra-Curricular Items and Activities, and Other Contributions,
  • Parents will be provided with notice of requested payments in November of the preceding school year,
  • A range of payment options will be freely available and flexible arrangements may be requested in special circumstances,
  • All parents, but in particular those experiencing financial hardship, are encouraged to make use of the available government/community assistance options, second-hand sales opportunities, scholarships offered and/or make special arrangements with the school,
  • CASES 21 Finance package will be utilised at all times to accurately record all transactions, and provide reports/statements etc.,
  • Parent/carer/student details will remain confidential and only used for legitimate purposes within the School,
  • Communication with parents will primarily be via the following methods:
    • School Website (this page)
    • Parent Contributions brochure and detailed listing (PDF downloads via links below)
    • Parent Newsletters (published each fortnight)
    • Family Statements (provided to all families at least 3 times per year)
    • Compass Parent Portal

This policy was approved by School Council on 10th November 2021.

Parent Payments Brochure 2022

Curriculum and Service Charge Details 2022

DET Parent Payments Fact Sheet 2022

Financial Assistance Schemes

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 2021. Applications close 4pm, Friday June 17th, 2022.

 

State Schools’ Relief (SSR) Year 7 Uniform Pack 2022. Applications close 4pm, Friday April 1st 2022.

 

Conveyance Allowance

 

Family Tax Benefits A and B

 

Saver Plus

 

Centrepay