2020 School Voluntary Contributions

Department of Education

14 October 2019

Schools are reminded that there are no compulsory fees or charges in New South Wales government schools for students to meet the minimum curriculum requirements.

While the Education Act 1990 states that Government school education is to be free of charge, schools have the ability to raise funds to supplement departmental allocations to enable their educational and sporting programs to be initiated, maintained or enhanced.

Schools are reminded that the collection of parental contributions is governed by the Department’s Voluntary Contributions Policy and the associated Code of Practice, available at this link Voluntary school contribution policy

The Principal in consultation with the school community determines the level of voluntary school contributions requested each year. The policy prohibits any discrimination against students for non-payment of voluntary contributions.

In addition to voluntary school contributions, schools are able to seek subject specific contributions from parents if students elect to undertake programs over and above the minimum requirements of the curriculum. The level of subject contributions will vary between subjects and is also determined by the Principal in consultation with the school community.

School Voluntary Contributions for 2020

School voluntary contribution levels will again be capped in 2020. Those schools which, in 2019, set their voluntary contributions at or below the earlier assessed statewide averages of $106 for secondary schools and $49 for primary schools are permitted to increase contribution levels to no more than $108 and $50 respectively. All other schools are permitted to increase their voluntary contributions by a maximum of 1.75% on 2019 levels.

Schools are required to use GL 420009 - General School Contributions when receipting through the ebs cash desk. If a school wishes to track revenue received using a Local Internal Order, please ensure this Internal Order is aligned to Fund Code 6300.

If a school is seeking subject specific contributions you are required to use GL 420010 -Subject Contributions when receipting through the ebs cash desk. If a school wishes to track revenue received using a Local Internal Order, please ensure this Internal Order is aligned to Fund Code 6300.

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