The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 provides that instruction in the standard curriculum program is delivered free to all students in Victorian Government schools. This is referred to as 'free instruction'. The Act also grants School Councils the power to charge fees for goods and services to support the delivery of free instruction and to raise funds.
Free instruction is the teaching staff, administration and the provision of facilities in connection with the instruction of the standard curriculum program, including reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. The standard curriculum program includes core learning and teaching activities related to the Victorian Curriculum.
The Department of Education Parent Payments in Victorian Government Schools Policy provides advice on the different types of payments that schools can request from parents and outlines the procedures and protocols schools must adhere to. This policy is available from the Department's School Policy and Advisory Guide (www.education.vic.gov.au/spag).
School Councils are responsible for developing and approving a school-level parent payment policy that is compliant with the Department's policy.
There are three areas for which parents may be requested to make a payment or contribution:
Essential Student Learning Items are those items, activities or services that are essential to support student learning of the standard curriculum. These are items that the school considers essential for all students and of which students take possession. Parents may choose to provide the items themselves or buy the items from the school where practical and appropriate.
Optional Items are those items, activities or services that are offered in addition to or support instruction in the standard curriculum program. These are provided on a user pays basis so that if parents choose to access them for students, they are required to pay for them.
Voluntary Financial Contributions which parents/guardians may be invited to donate to the school.
Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children are provided with essential educational items. The school makes every effort to keep the cost of items that need to be purchased at a minimum.
Alternative payment arrangements are also available through the school.
Aspendale Gardens Primary School Council has passed the School Policy in line with the Department of Education's guidelines. The policy includes a number of payment options to support parents to access the materials and services associated with their child's education. The school-level parent payment policy is available on the school website.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss your circumstances and the options available to you, please contact the school to make an appointment.
Note: Parents may choose to provide or purchase some items themselves. If you choose to do this you must consult with the school so that your child has the right items. There may be some items or services you cannot purchase yourself. As the school purchases in bulk it is more cost effective for families to allow the school to purchase student supplies.
All 2020 School Fee Documentation is all available online via your Compass login.
Other Payment Options
CASH – payments can be made at the Office or via the classroom teacher
EFTPOS – payments can be made in person at the Office.
CREDIT CARD – MasterCard or Visa is accepted. Payments can be made at the Office, over the phone or by completing and returning notice ‘tear-off slips’ via the classroom teacher
BPAY – To use BPay you need the Biller Code for Aspendale Gardens Primary School as well as your own UNIQUE Reference Number (issued by the school). If you choose to pay for a specific school related expense via BPay, you must notify the school by email at email@example.com when payment has been made. If a BPay payment is made without notification of items you wish to allocate the payment against, the oldest outstanding debt will be credited.