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:
Extra-Curricular Items and Activities
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.
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.
The Victorian Government is offering the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) in 2023.
Eligible families will receive $225 per student, paid into their family account at Ballarat High School each year.
Parents/students holding a means-tested concession card valid on Monday 30th January 2023 or Monday 24th April 2023, may be eligible. Foster parents and Veterans Affairs Gold Card holders may also be eligible.
Please note that payments do not cease at age 16, but continue whilst the student is attending secondary school
Completed forms, with a copy of your Centrelink Card, should be submitted to the Ballarat High School General Office each year.
Parents may be eligible to claim Conveyance Allowance to assist with travel costs, if they are attending their nearest government secondary school and live 4.8kms or more from that school, via the shortest practicable route. Some special circumstances and exceptions apply.
The shortest practicable route should be determined with reference to Google Maps or Bing Maps. Please use 1726 Sturt Street, Lake Gardens, 3355 as the Ballarat High School address.
All parents wishing to claim the Conveyance Allowance in 2023 must complete a new 2023 Conveyance Allowance Form and return it to the General Office with a copy of ticket or receipt.
Eligible applicants will be reimbursed by EFT in June and December 2023.
Under the Guidelines all schools may be subject to an audit of Conveyance Allowances.
Ballarat High School has registered as a participating school with PTV, which allows students with a new BHS ID Card (PTV logo on the back) to no longer need a separate PTV Student ID Card. Students will be required to carry the BHS ID Card as proof of entitlement to concession fares or to purchase a Student Pass.
As a reminder, it is highly recommended that all MYKI cards be registered to protect your funds balance, should the card be lost or stolen.
Saver Plus is a matched savings and financial education program that can assist low income families.
Saver Plus provides an opportunity to have every dollar saved (up to $500) matched with an additional dollar for the family’s education-related expenses. Saver Plus is an initiative of Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ Bank, delivered in Ballarat by Ballarat Group Training.
The program is funded by ANZ Bank and the Australian Government. Please contact Sue at BGT on (03) 5333 1707 for further details.
Please click on the below link for further information:
Centrepay is a free, voluntary service for Centrelink customers to pay expenses via regular deductions from their Centrelink payments. Deductions can be started, changed or cancelled at any time to suit the family’s circumstances.