Voluntary School Contribution

Outlines the criteria for voluntary contributions that can be made by parents and guardians to enhance school programs.

Changes since previous version

2021 April – Policy Statement – Contact details updated to reflect new ownership of policy

Superseded Documents

NONE

Document History

27 September 2019 - Updated contact details and made minor style changes.

Voluntary School Contribution Code of Practice updated March 2019

1.5 updated to remove reference to the Student Assistance Scheme which ended on 19 May 2014.

Outlines the criteria for voluntary contributions that can be made by parents and guardians to enhance school programs.

1. Policy statement

1.1

All schools can request contributions to enhance their educational and sporting programs.

1.2

School contributions are voluntary and payment is a matter for decision by parents.

1.3

There will be no charge to fulfil the minimum requirements of the curriculum.

1.4

Schools may charge students for elective subjects that go beyond the minimum requirements of the curriculum.

1.5

Parents who are unable to pay for elective subjects because of financial hardship may be eligible for assistance from the school.

1.6

Principals will ensure that no student or family suffers any discrimination or embarrassment over failure to make a voluntary or subject contribution. Confidentiality, privacy and dignity must always be maintained concerning contributions.

1.7

Principals will adhere to the Voluntary School Contribution Code of Practice relating to school contributions.

2. Audience and applicability

2.1

NSW public schools.

3. Context

3.1

NSW Government policy is that school contributions are voluntary.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1

The principal:

  • determines the level of school contributions and subject contributions in consultation with the school community as part of the school budget process
  • advises parents and guardians that all school contributions are voluntary
  • advises parents and guardians who are unable to pay for elective subjects that go beyond the minimum requirements of the curriculum that financial assistance is available if required
  • adheres to the Voluntary School Contribution Code of Practice relating to school contributions
  • discloses the amount of voluntary school contributions in the annual financial statements. The statements are provided to the department, and form part of the school annual report, which is made available to the local school community.

5. Monitoring and review

5.1

The Director, School Policy and Information Management monitors the implementation of this policy and reviews its contents for relevance and accuracy at least every three years.

6. Policy contact officer

6.1

Director, Strategic Schools Resourcing ssr@det.nsw.edu.au

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