We know that in the second half of the year, schools will be requesting payments from parents for the 2022 school year. The Education Department (DET) has extensive policy documentation about what schools can and can't charge for. The Department web page is headed "Parent Payments" but we prefer to call these payments "levies".  Over the next few issues of Parents Voice, we'll be highlighting several important aspects of the DET policy.

Free education in government schools

The DET Policy and Advisory Library states that, "All students in Victorian government schools must have free access to instruction that is offered by a school to fulfil the curriculum requirements in the eight key learning areas of the Victorian Curriculum F-10, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)." The policy further states that schools cannot
deny students access to the standard curriculum program or disadvantage students because payments have not been made, nor can they request payments from parents for school operating costs, or general and unspecified charges (for example, subject levies).

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding a levy request from your school for the 2022 school year, you can:

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