Voluntary school contributions and elective subject contributions
NSW public schools may request contributions from parents and carers to enhance educational programs.
There are 2 different types of contributions that schools may request from parents and carers:
- voluntary school contributions
- elective subject contributions.
1. Voluntary school contributions
Principals determine the level of voluntary school contributions in line with published departmental advice and in consultation with their school communities.
These contributions are voluntary. The payment of voluntary school contributions is a matter for decision by parents and carers.
Schools must not deny any student the opportunity to meet syllabus requirements because of non-payment of voluntary school contributions.
Voluntary school contributions in 2023
- Schools whose 2022 voluntary school contributions were below $110 for secondary schools and $51 for primary schools may increase contribution levels to no more than $110 or $51 respectively.
- All other schools must maintain 2023 voluntary school contributions at their 2022 rates.
2. Elective subject contributions
Schools may request contributions for elective subjects that go beyond the minimum requirements of the curriculum.
Parents and carers who are unable to pay elective subject contributions because of financial hardship may be eligible for assistance from the school.
The principal makes decisions regarding requested financial assistance and refunds.