School Fees

Catholic schools are typically seen as great value for money, providing high-quality education supported by quality facilities and learning environments.

It is the policy of the Catholic Schools Office that financial hardship should not prevent any child from attending a Catholic school and no child will be denied a Catholic education because of a family’s genuine inability to pay the required school fees. Any family experiencing financial difficulties is entitled to fee assistance. Your local school principal will be able to discuss this with you.

Together with parents, clergy and school staff, St Joseph’s is committed to offering students in the Maitland-Newcastle region access to schools in which their faith can be nurtured in outstanding learning environments. We seek to assist young people to realise their full potential, taking into account their unique spiritual, intellectual, physical and social needs.

The greater part of diocesan schools’ funding comes from state and commonwealth government grants, but the commitment and continuing financial contribution of parents and parish communities is still essential to fill the gap between the funds provided by government and the actual cost of running our schools. School fees comprise three components – diocesan tuition fees, individual school resource and service fees, and Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL).

Fees are an integral part of our Catholic school system and parents are required to sign a fee agreement commitment form on enrolment. Fee arrangements may be considered in extenuating circumstances and in consultation with the principal. The annual fees are divided equally across three terms.

Diocesan Tuition Fees 2023

1. The 2023 full rate diocesan tuition fees are as follows:

  • Kinder to Year 6 — $1377.00 per year

The 2023 family discount on full rate diocesan tuition fees is:

  • 1 child family — 0% — full rate to be applied
  • 2 child family — 10% — each child
  • 3 child family — 20% — each child
  • 4 child family — 40% — each child
  • 5+ child family — 50% — each child

Fees are levied over three accounts (Terms 1, 2 and 3).

2. School Resource and Service Fees

Additional levies that apply for the year and are paid OVER the FIRST THREE TERMS are as follows:

Resource fee $500 per year (per child)
This fee is kept at school level to pay for stationery, technology subscriptions, books, excursions, incursions, sport providers and carnivals. Therefore, this year, we will not be asking for payments on whole class experiences or needs, it will be covered in this fee. The exception will be representative sport, Stage 3 camp, and Year 6 t-shirt. We will continue our commitment to fundraisers throughout the year to support our charitable works and these are of course, optional.

3. Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL)

The DFSBL is $1517 per year and is charged to the oldest child for each family. The levy is pooled to contribute towards past, present and future costs for building projects across all existing and new Catholic schools, and the acquisition of land for school purposes.

The DFSBL rate is determined by the Diocesan Offices.

If you have an older child at a Catholic primary or high school in the Diocese, he or she will be billed by their school.

The levies collected are used for building projects in all schools within the Diocese according to maintenance needs and building priorities developed by the DFSBL committee.

TOTAL fees for first Child in K-Yr 6 = $3394.00

Other Fees

Diocesan Pastoral Contribution

In 2020, a voluntary contribution of $300 per family ($100 per term) was introduced. This payment will fund the pastoral works undertaken throughout our Diocese. For example, provision of a university chaplain, adult faith formation, CatholicCare Social Services, Pastoral Coordinators for parishes without a priest, or Family Community Faith Coordinators who reach out to and connect families with their local parish and school. It is the parents’ choice if they wish to pay this contribution.

Our schools have been built on the generosity and sacrifice made by parents of many generations. Our Catholic school community is one of which we can be proud. With the effort and contribution of all, much can be accomplished.

Enrolment Fee

A non-refundable enrolment fee of $100 is to be paid when applying for enrolment at St Joseph’s. The enrolment fee covers all administrative work involved in processing the application.

Special Fee Reductions

To assist families with limited financial resources, St Joseph’s offers a lower tuition fee to means-tested low-income families such as Health Care and Pension Card holders. This rate is 50% of the diocesan tuition fee full rate for each child. This discount applies only to the diocesan tuition fee, not to the DFSBL or other resource and service fees charged by each individual school.

Further Concessions

A genuine inability to meet school account charges does not exclude access to any school within the Diocese for a child of a family genuinely committed to Catholic faith and practice. Parents concerned about school fees should ensure they make contact with the school. Diocesan provisions exist to help in this area and the principal can also exercise discretion where genuine need exists.

Payment of Fees

Accounts are sent home at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3 on a 21-day schedule.

Payments can be made via cash, cheque, BPAY, money order, credit card (over the phone), and EFTPOS. Direct debit from your bank, credit union or building society account is also available. Please contact Mrs Carolyn Trimble, our administration officer, for this method of payment.

A range of alternative payment plans are available. These include dividing the fees over 10 equal payments from February to November. Please contact our school office for further details.

Please be aware that if your direct debit is dishonoured more than three times the school will cancel the deduction. For any dishonoured direct debit, the school is charged a fee of $2.50 by your financial institution. This fee will be passed on to the fee payer and will appear on the next statement. No receipts are issued – please check bank account for proof of payment.