School Fees Policy

Fees and Levies collected at St Joseph's School are essential in providing a high quality of Catholic education for all students. The fees and levies are used for the following purposes which are aligned to the Vision and Mission of St Joseph's School to:
  • Provide teaching, administrative, classroom support and facilities
  • Provide essential resources, materials, facilities and equipment
  • Assist with providing activities such as excursions
  • Support the St Joseph's School building program
  • Maintain buildings, grounds and other facilities

For those families experiencing short or long-term genuine inability to pay fees, we are committed to providing support to ensure that enrolment is not compromised.  Please contact the Principal for further information concerning the concession application process.

School Fee and Levy Collection Process      

  1. ​School fees and Levies are charged on a term basis in accordance with the School Fees and Levies Schedule for the year (available on our website). 
  2. ​Fees are due to be paid within 14 days of the issue of the Statement of Fees and Levies. The due date will be noted on the statement. 
  3. Where a parent/guardian believes financial circumstances have arisen that will prevent or delay the payment of the school fee account, a variety of options are available:

    • ​​​​Ext​ension of Time

​If an extension is requ​​​ired, please contact the school office prior to the due date.

    • ​​​Payment Plans

Payment of the scho​ol fee and levy account by regular instalments. All payment plans must ensure that the account is cleared by the last day of the school year or as negotiated with the Principal.

Fee Concessions

In cases of financial hardship an application may be made for a fee concession. 

  • Concession applications are accepted at the commencement of each year or at any point initiated by the family.  Concessions are issued for a maximum period of 12 months within a calendar year. Consideration for a subsequent 12-month period will require a new application.
  • A compassionate and just approach under the mission and values of Brisbane Catholic Education and St Joseph's School is used when reviewing applications.  The same process is adopted by all Brisbane Catholic Education schools for assessing eligibility. 
  • A family wishing to apply for a concession should apply to the Finance Officer, in the first instance, for a Fee Concession Application form.  
  • All matters are dealt with on a confidential basis.

Recovery of unpaid fees

In fairness to families who pay their school fees regularly and on time, our school will follow up all overdue school fee accounts.

  • A reminder statement will be issued by email within 7 days to any family who has not settled their school fee account by the due date where a payment plan or other arrangements are not in place. 
  • If payment or a suitable response is not received within 7 days of the reminder statement, contact with the parent will be made via telephone, mail or email from the Finance Officer or Principal.
  • If after 14 days from this second reminder satisfactory arrangements have not been reached, the account may be sent to the school Debt Collection agency.  In serious cases, where there is clear capacity to pay outstanding fees, legal options may be pursued by the school.
  • Legal costs, direct debit rejection fees and any debt collection costs, or other costs incurred will be at the family's expense.

Agreed Payment Plans

As mentioned under point 3 above, our school offers families the opportunity of paying the school fee account by regular instalments over the course of the year. All Agreed Payment Plans must be organised to include a regular schedule that will clear the school fees account by the last day of the school year. Any extensions to an Agreed Payment Plan must be negotiated with the Principal. To establish an Agreed Payment Plan, authority forms are available from the school office.

Late Start Enrolment

New students entering St Joseph's School after the commencement of the term may be charged on a pro-rata basis for the remaining weeks of the term where appropriate at the Principal's discretion.  

Withdrawal of Enrolment

Fees will be payable for the whole month in which the enrolment is terminated.  For a reduction in fees a written request must be made to the Principal at the time of notification and may be granted at the Principal's discretion.

Student text books, library books and laptops and all accessories are to be returned to the School.  If any fees remain outstanding, they will be payable as per the normal payment terms and where appropriate, any fees in credit will be refunded.


Extended Leave/ Holding an enrolment place

​Fees will be payable for the whole term in which extended leave is taken. For a reduction in fees a written request must be made to the Principal at the time of notification and may be granted at the Principal's discretion.  Consideration will be given to the length of the break, the nature of the leave, the time the student has been at the school, the number of previous leave occurrences, and the existence of student waiting lists.

For further clarification regarding the above school fee and levy collection process, please contact the school office.