School Fees

Ensuring a quality Catholic education is affordable and accessible for children

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.

Discounts on Fees

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are committed to providing an affordable quality Catholic education for families. We understand the financial demands placed on families and seek to keep the fees as low as possible. No child who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a family's financial circumstances.

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 children.

If you have children in other Diocesan schools, please click on the   Sibling Discount Applicable Schools attachment to see if a discount will be automatically applied.

If any of your children attend a school listed where a sibling advice notice is required, please complete and return the   Sibling Registration for Diocesan Tuition Fees form.

Please note that for automatic discounts to apply the residential address on each enrolment form must be the same. It is up to parents to advise schools of other siblings in order to receive the discount. Please note that discounts are not backdated.

Flexible Payment Options

There are a range of options available to assist families with the payment of fees.

No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

Flexible payment options are offered to all families in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta at the start of each year. This provides families with the opportunity to select a payment plan that best suits their financial circumstances. Payments can be made via direct debit or BPay on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at no additional charge.


Diocesan Fees

To work out how much the fee is for each child, check the table below.

2018 ANNUAL FEES Note: no charge
for 4th+ children
Child 100%
Child 75%
Child 50%
Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $ 1,173 $ 879 $ 588
Years 1 – 6 $ 1,515 $ 1,137 $ 759
Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $ 2,100 $ 1,575 $ 1,050
Years 9 – 10 $ 2,331 $ 1,749 $ 1,167
Years 11 – 12 $ 2,976 $ 2,232 $ 1,488
Building Levy One Levy per Family $ 783
Temporary Residents Years K-12 $ 1,935 $ 1,935 $ 1,935

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.


Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents (DEFTR)

The DEFTR is payable per each new student 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.


School-Based Fees

Each school also charges fees that go toward resources that may include excursions, cost of buses, photocopying, utilities, maintenance of buildings and grounds, camps and reflection days.



School-Based Fees per Year
Resource & Subject Fees Yr7-10 (per student) $999.00
Resource & Subject Fees Yr11-12 (per student) $1080.00
Activity Fee Yr7 (per student) $228.00
Activity Fee Yr8 (per student) $195.00
Activity Fee Yr9 (per student) $189.00
Activity Fee Yr10 (per student) $273.00
Activity Fee Yr11 (per student) $174.00
Activity Fee Yr12 (per student) $132.00
Overnight Excursion (Camp) Yr7 (per student) $345.00
Overnight Excursion (Retreat) Yr11 (per student) $207.00
Family Levy (per family) $198.00
Trade Training Centre Levy (as applicable) $513.00

Resource & Subject Fee

This fee helps meet the costs of administration of the school and the provision of resources for use by students and includes:

  • Provision and support for the school’s Information Technology resources including computers, software, license fees, internet, updating network infrastructure equipment, network management and maintenance and other technology for the use in a variety of subjects.
  • Paper, printing, stationery and mailing costs.
  • Provision of text books and resources for temporary use by students.
  • School newsletter and other school publications.
  • Resources/equipment acquired by the school for use by teachers and students (eg. Library, sport, various equipment and curriculum resources).
  • Diary for each student.
  • eBooks/eLearning for each student.
  • Provision of careers’ advice and resources to students.
  • Implementation of school-based Pastoral Care programs for students.
  • Australasian Schools’ Competition costs for various subjects & year groups.
  • Maintenance and replacement of classroom furniture.
  • Student I.D cards.
  • Provision of the school’s Pastoral Care Program.

Activity Fee

The fees are associated with the costs for students attending subject excursions, pastoral days and other school approved excursions/incursions for the whole year group. y.

Family Levy

The Family Contribution Levy is the sole means of fundraising and is charged per family.

Trade Training Centre Levy

An additional fee for purchase of resource and equipment that must meet industry requirements for the delivery of training in competencies and costs associated with the maintenance or replacement of equipment. This is billed in Terms 1-3.

Note: All fees are subject to change for the 2019 school year.

Payment of Fees

Itemised accounts are sent out three times a year, at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3, and payment is due within 30 days.  Prompt attention to these accounts would be appreciated. The Flexible Payment Plan is offered as an alternative for families to pay their annual fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a six month period from March to August.  Any application for special consideration, for example, payment by instalments throughout the year, needs to be approved by the Principal.  This can be done by telephone, in writing, or by arranging an interview, or by informing the Finance Secretary.

It is appreciated that School Fees are a large outlay for each family.  However, the Catholic system of schools can only survive because of the generous support of parents and we have an obligation to collect these fees, to ensure that the costs involved are met adequately.

Payments of fees can be made via the Payment Envelope System and the facilities we have for payment of fees is:

  • Australia Post BPay
  • BPay
  • Cash
  • Cheque or Money Order
  • Credit Card
  • Eftpos
  • Direct Debit

When fees or other payments are sent to the school with students, please ensure they are in a sealed envelope which is clearly marked with the student’s name, Homeroom and the purpose of the payment.  This envelope should then be handed into the office as soon as the student arrives at school.  Envelopes are available at the office for this purpose.

Further information

If you require any further information concerning school fees please contact McCarthy College by email or phone on 4728 8100 weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.