School Fees

Fee Overview

Catholic schools are typically seen as 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 however; you do need to make an appointment with your local school principal or delegate to discuss a fee agreement.

Together with parents, clergy and school staff, St Joseph’s is committed to offering the children in the Branxton, Cessnock, Lochinvar, Maitland, Rutherford and surrounding local government areas 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 are comprised of three components – Diocesan Tuition Fees, Individual School Resource and Service Fees and Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL).

School 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 or delegate. The annual fees are divided equally across three terms.

Diocesan Tuition Fees 2020

In 2020 the Diocesan Tuition Fees, full rate are as follows:

  • Years 7 to 10 - $1,740
  • Years 11 to 12 - $2,640

The 2020, 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 (Term 1, 2 and 3).

School Resource and Activities Fees

There is a Resource Fee and Activities Fee per year for students. This fee covers printing of work books etc. as well as specialist materials needed for particular KLAs.

Excursions and some incursions identified by KLA coordinators maybe included in the activities fee and school fees must be up to date in order for students to participate in these excursions/incursions.

Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL)

The DFSBL 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 for new Catholic schools, and the acquisition of land for school purposes.

The DFSBL rate in 2020 will be $1,250 per family.

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 administering the funds.

Other Fees

Diocesan Pastoral Contribution

From 2020, a voluntary contribution of $300 per family ($100 per term) is being sought as a diocesan pastoral contribution.

These funds support the ongoing pastoral works of the diocese which include, amongst many initiatives, the diocesan pastoral ministries office and the activities of its many advisory councils, the provision of chaplains ministering in the following areas – Newcastle University, Newcastle Port, prisons, hospitals and CatholicCare Social Services – the Family Community Faith Coordinators who work to reach out to and connect families with their local parish and school and Pastoral Coordinators who work in those parishes without a resident Parish Priest.

We value the opportunity to work in partnership with you, and thank you for your continuing support of Catholic education in our diocese.

Enrolment Fee

A non-refundable enrolment fee of $150 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 a maximum of 50% of the diocesan tuition fee.  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 account.

The preferred method of payment of fees is by BPAY or Qkr! (pronounced "quicker"), a mobile phone app. However, payments can also be made via Centrepay, cheque, credit card and EFTPOS. Please contact the College Finance Officer to discuss payment options.   

A range of alternative payment plans are available. These include dividing the fees over 10 equal payments from February to November for Years 7 to 11, and eight equal payments from February to September for Year 12. Please contact the Finance 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. 

About Qkr!

Qkr is the mobile payment app designed for Australian schools, delivering convenience to parents and efficiency to school administrative staff.

Convenient and easy to use

Qkr is so easy to use. Ordering and paying for a wide variety of school payments such as lunches, fees, excursions or any school based payments via smartphone at a time and place convenient to you

Getting started is easy:

  • Download Qkr! From your App Store
  • Register your details (this is a one off set up)
  • Select the school
  • Register your child/children
  • View options to find canteen, fees, excursions etc
  • Follow the prompts to make a payment

If you don't have a smart phone, there is a website version of Qkr. This will only work with Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Please contact the office staff if you have any questions.