Queensland parents are getting the best deal in the country when it comes to private school fees, according to a national report.
The Good Schools Guide, marketed to parents across Australia, shows Queensland independent and Catholic schools are charging thousands of dollars less than comparative schools in NSW and Victoria.
The Guide reveals independent schools in Queensland charge on average $9000 in fees each year, compared with $13,000 in NSW and $15,000 in Victoria.
When Catholic schools are taken into account, Queensland parents who send their children to non-government schools in Year 12 pay on average $7000 in annual fees per child, well below the $11,000 average of Victorian non-government school fees.
Good Education Media chief executive Chris Lester, responsible for publishing the Guide, said the relative affordability of private schools in Queensland was a significant drawcard, which may prompt interstate families to relocate.
“It is part of the consideration, given the differences are so significant,” he said.
Independent Schools Queensland’s executive director David Robertston said the fee structure of Queensland independent schools “opens up schooling choice for more families”.
“Queensland independent schools strive to maintain affordable fees for their communities and are very conscious of the economic climate and cost of living pressures families face today,” Mr Robertston said.
“The ongoing growth in Queensland’s independent schooling sector demonstrates the high value and financial priority local parents and those transferring in from interstate place on a quality education.”
Redlands College marketing manager Beth Kitson said at least one family from NSW expressed interest in the Brisbane private school at its open day yesterday.
The Good School Guide also shows Catholic school fees in Queensland are on average between $1000 and $2000 cheaper each year than comparative schools south of the border.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Lee-Anne Perry said school fees were decided at a local level, reflecting the needs of individual school communities.
For more information visit www.goodschools.com.au.
This article originally appear in the Courier Mail – Private school fees: Queensland parents getting best deal in the country