Contributions & Charges

Contributions and Charges 2021

Voluntary contributions, compulsory charges and approved funding paid by parents and guardians are used to purchase text books, materials and other resources used by students in their everyday classes.

Outlined below are the contributions and charges for Ballajura Community College for 2021.

Voluntary Contributions
A voluntary contribution requested from parents towards the cost of materials, services and facilities used by Kindergarten to Year 10 students in the educational program.

Charges
Any cost for which payment is compulsory.

Extra Cost Optional Components
Voluntary courses and activities where an election is made by the parent or student to participate. These include:

  • optional courses in Years Kindergarten to 10 which have a high cost associated with their provision (for example outdoor education, specialised design and technology courses)
  • optional activities in any course for which there is a high cost associated with their provision (for example excursions [including camps], visiting performers or displays). This category includes options within a course of study where higher cost materials may be chosen
  • other optional school-based activities which address broad learning outcomes and for which there is a high cost (for example school social events, such as graduation dinners or school balls, or excursions such as end-of-term picnics, movies or skating).

Participation in these components is voluntary, but a charge is payable if the student opts to participate.

The College community is appreciative of the financial support given by parents and guardians which enables the College and staff to continue to offer quality educational programs.

1. Year 7 and 8
A Voluntary Contribution is requested for each Year 7 and 8 student of $235. Year 7 and 8 students at BCC have access to a full secondary program including a range of technologies.

A Voluntary Approved Funding Request of $80.00 per student is also requested (see item 4).

2. Year 9 and 10
Voluntary Contribution is requested for each Year 9 and 10 student of $235.00. Where students choose high cost courses, compulsory Charges apply. Compulsory charges for high cost courses are noted separately from standard costs on the accounts sent to parents.

As detailed on the account, deposits for high cost courses are required to be paid at the time of submitting subject selections for the following year.  The balance of all high cost option courses falls due at the end of Term 1 in 2021. Please note that students may be reallocated into standard cost courses if compulsory charges for high cost options are not paid.

The Access Program in Year 9 and 10 is an optional program for which all charges are compulsory. 

A Voluntary Approved Funding Request of $80.00 per student is also requested for each year 9 and 10 student (see item 4).

3. Year 11 and 12
Payment for all courses in Year 11 and 12 are compulsory. There is no established maximum as charges depend on the subjects selected by the students.

A Voluntary Approved Funding Request of $80.00 per student is also requested for each year 11 and 12 student (see item 4).

4. Voluntary Approved Funding Request
The Ballajura Community College School Board has endorsed a Voluntary Approved Funding request of $80.00 per student to cover items not included by the voluntary Contributions or compulsory Charges.

The funding request covers:

  • Printing & Copying - $20.00 per student
  • Grounds & Improvements - $10.00 per student
  • Communications & Information Systems - $15.00 per student
  • Resources – including Education Perfects (Science, Maths HASS) Years 7-12 - $35.00 per student

Where students exceed the printing cost of $20.00, additional charges will apply.

5. Government Assistance
a. Secondary Assistance Scheme

The Western Australian State Government provides educational financial assistance to eligible families. The allowance consists of two components:

  • $115 Clothing Allowance paid directly to the parent/guardian or the school;
  • $235 Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) paid directly to the school.

Application is made by parents or guardians of students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 up to and including the year the student turns 17.

To be eligible for the Secondary Assistance Scheme, parents/guardians must hold one of the following from Centrelink:

  • Centrelink Health Care Card
  • Centreline Pensioner Concession Card
  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue)

Cards held must be:

  • valid for at least 4 weeks
  • be valid for some time within Term 1 (February to April 2021)
  • have the student listed on it
  • not be expired at the time of applying for SAS

Applications forms are available from Main Administration at the College and must be submitted in person before the last day of Term 1 – Thursday 1 April 2021.  Any application received after this date will not be accepted.

b. Abstudy Fees Allowance Supplement
Assistance for secondary school Aboriginal students may be available to supplement the Abstudy payments. Please inquire with the College for further information regarding this.

c. Youth Allowance
Some students who turn 17 may be able to access the Youth Allowance via Centrelink.

6. Payment of Contributions and Charges
a. How and when
Payments can be made at any time at the Cashier in the Main Administration office during normal working hours of Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.00 am and 3.30pm.

Payments can be made through one of these options:

  • Via Qkr website on your computer/laptop or via the Android or Apple App on your smartphone/tablet
  • By cheque and mailed to the College
  • By cheque, cash, EFTPOS or credit card in person at the Cashier. Please note we only accept Visa and MasterCard
  • By credit card over the phone
  • By direct debit

b. Payment Arrangements
Some families may not be in a position to pay contributions and charges all at one time. The Manager, Corporate Services will assist in formulating a payment plan to suit each family. Please do not hesitate to contact the College if you have any queries regarding contributions and charges.

Please Note:  All information and government allowances stated above were correct at the time of printing the Contributions and Charges 2021 form.

c .Invoicing Payment Details
In 2020, Ballajura Community College implemented a new system for the circulating Student Contributions and Charges as outlined below:

  • Invoice 1 – Sent in Term 4 of the previous year following subject selection
  • Statement 1 – Sent in Term 1 and will outline outstanding Contributions & Charges
  • Statement 2 – Sent in Term 2 and will outline outstanding Contributions & Charges
  • Final Outstanding Statement – Sent in Term 3 outlining all outstanding Contributions & Charges for each student. Parents and guardians of Year 11 and 12 students will also be contacted by phone requesting payment of all outstanding monies or the establishment of a formal payment plan.

Payments can be made in person during office hours or any time by direct deposit.

The bank account details are:

BSB 016 353
Account 340844437
Please include the student’s name in the description

If you believe that your statement is incorrect or have any queries, please send us an email outlining your concerns to Ballajura.CC@education.wa.edu.au

We will follow up any concerns, respond to your query and, if necessary, issue a revised statement.