At St Catherine’s Primary School we are committed to providing a Catholic education to all enrolled children. The St Catherine’s Community accepts that fees are a critical form of revenue for the school and that prompt payment of all fees is the responsibility of all parents/carers of St Catherine's students. The fees and levies collected at St Catherine’s are essential in providing a high quality of education for students, and are used for the following purposes:
This school fee policy aims to:
Information about our school fees is provided in the following ways:
The acceptance by parents/carers of a position at St Catherine’s assumes the ability to pay fees in full by the due date.
Various payment options are available, with the school’s preference being BPay, Direct Debit or automatic monthly credit/debit card payments.
*Where a parent/carer finds themselves in financial difficulty due to changed financial circumstances, an Application for Fee Concession can be made under the School’s Fee Concession Procedure.
** Where an outstanding debt is referred to the School’s debt collection agency, an agency fee will be immediately charged to the family fee account. All legal expenses and costs incurred by the School that are associated with the collection of the outstanding debt will be charged to the family fee account. The parent’s/carer’s credit rating may also be affected and listed as a default account with Veda Advantage, the largest credit reference agency in Australia.
We appreciate that changing family circumstances will sometimes require that a student transfer to another school. Fees will be payable for the whole of the term in which the enrolment is terminated, except in cases where the Principal determines that fair notice is given or that fair notice was impractical.
On rare occasions, parents/carers fail to pay their account, do not respond to reminder notices and do not contact the school to make alternative arrangements. In these instances, the school is reluctantly forced to consider engaging the services of the school’s professional debt collection agency and may involve the instigation of legal action.
The matter then effectively passes out of the school’s control and all negotiations for payment must then be made with the debt collection agency. The parent’s/carer’s credit rating may also be affected and listed as a default account with Veda Advantage, the largest credit reference agency in Australia.
Any fees incurred by the school in collecting outstanding fees (including fees for dishonoured cheques or debt collection services) will be passed on to the parent/carer concerned.
We are aware that, from time to time, some families find themselves in financial difficulty. With this in mind, our intent is that no student will be excluded from our school due to a genuine inability to pay full or even part fees.
Fee concessions may be considered in cases where a family’s financial circumstances have subsequently changed in such a way as to make fee adjustments necessary. An application for fee concession should be made as early as possible in the billing cycle.
An application for fee concession is valid only for the current school year. If concessions are required beyond the current year, a new application must be submitted at the commencement of the school year to enable a current assessment of the family’s financial situation.
Fee concessions are means tested in line with Federal Government Poverty Guidelines. The assessment process takes into consideration all income (including wages, Youth Allowance, all other Centrelink and Child Support payments), as well as housing costs (including rent or mortgage/rates).