School Fees

Catholic systemic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families. Students who meet the enrolment criteria will not be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to afford school fees. Schools are able to reduce or waive fees for families suffering financial hardship.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • School-based fees

There are very significant discounts for the second (25% reduction) and third (50% reduction) children enrolled from the one family. There are no fees for the fourth and subsequent school children.

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees can be paid upfront at the start of the year or as three equal payments in Terms 1, 2 and 3. To work out how much the fee is for each child, check the table below.

ANNUAL FEES Note: no charge
for 4th+ children
Child 100%
Child 75%
Child 50%
Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $1,131 $ 849 $567
Years 1 – 6 $1,461 $1,095 $732
Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $2,028 $1,521 $1,014
Years 9 – 10 $2,250 $1,689 $1,125
Years 11 – 12 $2,874 $2,157 $1,437

TERM FEES Charged in
Terms 1,2 & 3
Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $377 $283 $189
Years 1 – 6 $487 $365 $244
Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $676 $507 $338
Years 9 – 10 $750 $563 $375
Years 11 – 12 $958 $719 $479

Please note that a term’s notice in writing must be given to the Principal before the removal of a student, or a full term’s fees will be payable.

Diocesan Building Levy

The Diocesan Building Levy enables us, through our capital works program, to meet the demand for new schools and new classes in high growth areas, and to continue to maintain all schools to a high standard.

All families with one or more children in a Parramatta Diocesan school or at St Dominic's College Kingswood are required to pay the annual Diocese of Parramatta Diocesan Building Levy. This levy has replaced the various building levies that parents previously paid to school building funds (managed by either parishes or schools). The levy for 2017 is $756 per family, payable in three equal instalments of $252 payable in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

Annual Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents

The Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents for 2017 is $1,869 per student, payable in three equal instalments of $623 in Terms 1, 2 and 3. The fee applies to new students on the following visa numbers: 173, 401, 402, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 426, 427, 428, 442, 456, 457, 459, 462, 476, 485, 497, 580, 600, 601, 651, 675, 676, 679, 685, 884, 944, 956, 976 and 977 including where any of these are the preceding visas for families on bridging visas 010 to 090.

St Finbar's School-Based Fees 

The following are annual fees incurred per student (unless otherwise stated).

Resource Fee: $128.00 covers copyright fees, paper, books, printing costs, art materials, texts, book hire and exercise books.

Information Communication Technology Levy: $108.00 supports the ongoing purchase and updating of our technology hardware.

School Activities Fee: $186.00 (K-Yr4) $195.00 (Yr5-6) covers activities such as performances, Life Education, visiting groups and special activity days. The fee also covers the licensing costs for the online programs Reading Eggs and Mathleticswhich can be accessed at school and at home, and the cost of providing the Dance Fever programs for Gymnastics in Term 1 and Mind, Body and Soul in Term 4. This annual fee was introduced to alleviate the need and management of frequent, smaller amounts of money from parents and by staff. Note that excursions and camp costs are charged separately.

Family Contribution fee: $150.00 per family, introduced in consensus with the whole school community, is a fair, easy and popular way to raise funds to improve our facilities for our students. It also eliminates the need for fundraising ventures such as school fetes, Dance-a-thons and chocolate drives which require many people to organise and carry out the work. Contact us to learn more about our Family Contribution fee funded goals for this year.

Initiatives that primarily provide a service to the school and its students, and are well established and supported within our school community, such as Special Food Days, Mothers and Fathers day stalls, Book Fairs and Book Clubs, continue to be offered. The proceeds of these activities go directly towards the cost of operating each initiative.


A scholarship fund has also been established to provide scholarships to eligible students. Catholic systemic school scholarships will be granted equitably based on need and merit.

Flexible Payment Options

Flexible payment options are offered to all families. This provides you with the opportunity to select a payment method and plan that best suits your circumstances. School fee payment methods include cash, cheque, direct debit, credit card, EFTPOS, BPay, Australia Post BPay and deductions from Centrelink payments. Payments can also be made on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at no additional charge and by arrangement with the School Finance Officer.

Further Information

Contact the school office for further details regarding fees and making payments.