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Fees & Payments at Government Secondary Schools

Every secondary school has fees. There are usually two main types of fees. These may have different names in different regions.

  • These are a General Service Fee and specific subject fees where these apply, e.g. subjects such as Technology, Textiles, Agriculture, Visual Arts, Music.
  • In addition there are a small number of schools where boarding facilities are provided. Boarding fees apply to these, though they are generally lower than in independent schools.
  • Fees will normally vary between Junior and Senior Secondary, the latter, usually being the final two years of schooling, with the fees increasing as students enter this senior level. This is understandable given the increasing and more expensive resources required at this level, especially in optional subjects.
  • There is no single secondary general or subject fee which applies across the whole of Australia. In many instances, they do not apply across any single state/territory system.
  • Some systems have set fees dependent on the level of secondary schooling, e.g. Western Australia. In others, there is a range to be worked within and limits on variation from year to year, e.g. New South Wales. Check the Secondary Education page for initial details.
  • The only way to be certain of the exact fee structure irrespective of the Junior or Senior Secondary level your child will be in and the subjects they are taking, is to make contact with your child’s school and gather exact details.
  • To check if the school has a web site, visit the School pages, follow the Government links for your state/territory, the school group and finally the specific school. You can also contact the school in person, by email or by telephone.
  • Parents should ensure they are aware of other payments which may be incurred. These can include expenses for sporting activities, excursions & performances, extra-curricular programs, lease or hire of equipment [e.g. musical instruments], additional instructional material [in addition to standard curriculum program provision], transport costs, higher cost alternatives [more expensive materials to be used], provision of personal computers [BYOT] … . These are considerably greater at the secondary level.
  • There are fees for International Students studying at this level in Australia. A sample level of fees for International Students is found at
    New South Wales [DEC International]. Also check the Temporary Residents Program for fees in this area.
    Other states and territories have similar fees.
    Examples include Program Fees at Education Queensland. For Western Australia, check Study at school.

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