School voluntary contributions will again be capped in 2019. Those schools which in 2018 set their voluntary contributions at or below the earlier assessed state-wide averages of $103 for secondary schools and $48 for primary schools are permitted to increase contribution levels to no more than $106 and $49 respectively. All other schools are permitted to increase their voluntary contributions by a maximum of 2.5% on the 2018 levels.
Schools are reminded -
- The Education Reform Act 1990 states that Government school education is to be free of charge.
- There is no compulsory fees or charges in New South Wales government schools for students to meet the minimum curriculum requirements.
- Schools have the ability to raise funds to enhance their educational and sporting programs.
- The collection of parental contributions are governed by the Department?s Voluntary School Contribution Policy and the associated Voluntary School Contribution Code of Practice.
- In consultation with the school community the principal determines the level of voluntary school contributions requested each year.
- Schools may request subject contributions from parents for students who elect to undertake programs over and above the minimum requirements of the curriculum. This contribution is determined by the principal in consultation with the school community.
- The policy prohibits any discrimination against students for non-payment of contributions.