The setting of school fee and levies is the responsibility of the Principal guided by the policies and levies set by Brisbane Catholic Education.
1. School fees and levies are charged on a term basis during the first two weeks of each term in accordance with the School Fees and Levies Schedule (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
a. Extension of Time - If an extension is required, please contact the school finance secretary prior to the due date.b. Payment Plans
a. Extension of Time -
If an extension is required, please contact the school finance secretary prior to the due date.
b. Payment Plans
Payment of the school 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 and/or Finance Secretary.
c. Fee Concessions
In cases of financial hardship an application may be made for a fee concession.
(i) Concession applications are accepted at the commencement of each year or at any point initated 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.
(ii) A compassionate and just approach under the mission and values of Brisbane Catholic Education and St Joachim’s Primary School is used when reviewing applications. The same process is adopted by all Brisbane Catholic Education schools/colleges for assessing eligibility.
(iii) Concession application forms are available at the school office.
(iv) All matters are dealt with on a confidential basis.
a. A prominent general reminder notice will appear in the school newsletter after the accounts have been issued.
b. A reminder statement/notice/letter will be issued 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.
c. 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.
d. If after 14 days from this second reminder satisfactory arrangements have not been reached, the account may be sent to the school’s Debt Collection agency. In serious cases, where there is clear capacity to pay outstanding fees, legal options may be pursued by the school.
e. Legal costs, direct debit rejection fees and any debt collection costs or other costs incurred will be at the family’s expense.