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Costs of independent schooling
The level of government funding and the rising cost of education are major factors in setting school fees.
Fees for independent schools can vary greatly. Many schools offer scholarships and bursaries for students whose parents are unable to pay full school fees. Some schools may also offer lump-sum payments or discounts for siblings. Special Assistance Schools charge minimal or no fees to parents.
How independent schools are funded
The Australian and Queensland governments provide funding for government and non-government schools to ensure that all students have access to quality education.
Independent schools receive government funding calculated as a proportion of the cost of educating a child in a state school. Education costs include teacher salaries, implementation of the Australian curriculum, capital costs for new buildings and maintenance programs.
Governments provide more funding to independent schools which serve the most in-need communities. This needs-based funding approach makes independent schools more accessible and provides parents of all income levels greater educational choice for their children.
On average, across Queensland’s independent school sector, 52% of funding comes from government (approximately 40% from the Australian Government and approximately 12% from the Queensland Government).
The other 48% of funding comes from parents, saving the federal and state governments millions of dollars each year.
Learn more in this informative video about independent schooling and its role in ensuring choice and diversity for families.
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