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State Education Fees

​​​​​At State High, we offer an excellent educational environment and provide many opportunities to all students. The State Education Fees Policy (PDF, 136 KB) outlines the mandatory fees which are essential to support the delivery of education for students who attend Brisbane State High School.

State schools do not charge instruction, facilities and administration costs, however, some fees are essential to support the delivery of education.

At State High, these fees include:

  • subject fees (inclusive of excursions and other activities directly related to the subject)
  • general levy
  • extra-curricular activities
  • other levies and fees.

Textbooks also incur an expense, however a state government allowance offsets some of this cost.

The P&C Association reviews and approves the fees each year.

Contact us for more information about school fees.


Subject invoices are emailed in Week 4 of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Statements are emailed in Week 4 of each term.

  • Year 10, 11 and 12 students receive subject invoices in Semester 1 only;
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students receive subject invoices in Semester 1 and 2, as they change subjects each semester;
  • Fees for Senior students undertaking Certificate level courses are also included in the subject fees.


You can pay all fees and levies by:

  • ​paying at the B Block Finance Counter
  • setting up a Centrelink direct debit
  • paying via BPoint electronically
  • making a direct deposit into the school's bank account
  • emailing the Credit Card Payment form or Part Payment Authority to These forms are emailed to parents prior to Statements being sent
  • phoning the school on 3291 4106 to pay by credit card.​
For more information on payment options, download Payment Options for Parents (PDF, 76 KB).

Payment plans

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our Accounts Management Officer, Mrs Janine Speedy on 3291 4213 early in the year to set up a payment plan, which allows you to pay fees gradually.

Download the Part Payment Authority Form (PDF, 1.2 MB).

By contacting us early, you can ensure your child's extra-curricular and recreational activities are managed responsibly.


Textbook and Resource Allowance

The Queensland Government provides a Textbook and Resource Allowance to guardians of eligible students to offset the costs of education. The allowance is paid to the school. The school then pays the allowance to its eligible families on behalf of the department.

The allowance varies annually. In 2019 the allowance is:

  • $127 for Year 7 to 10 students
  • $276 for Year 11 and 12 students.

If there are changes to the allowance, we will tell you in the first newsletter of the year.


Most students are eligible to receive this allowance once a year for 6 years.

Students are not eligible if they:

  • are enrolled as International Students 
  • are enrolled in a Centre for Continuing Secondary Education (CCSE)  
  • are undertaking part time distance education from a non-state school accredited for distance education 
  • are enrolled after the first Friday in August.​

Receiving the allowance

Guardians can choose to have the full value of the Textbook Allowance:

  • credited on the first invoice of the school year
  • paid to them via EFT
  • donated to the P&C Association

When you enrol your child, you will be asked for your preferred option.​

Summary of fees​

Subject fees

Subject fees cover the cost of excursions and activities associated with the subject.

The 2019 subject fees for Junior and Senior students is available to download below:

When you enrol, you will be asked to sign a form indicating that you understand the school applies fees for the subjects taken.

Download Term 1, 2019 Finance Matters (PDF, 188 KB)

General levy

​​​The general levy includes affiliation fees to:

  • The Great Public Schools' (GPS) Association of Qld Inc
  • Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA )
  • Brisbane Schoolgirls' Rowing Association (BSRA)
  • Metropolitan East School Sport (MESS)​

​And it also includes:

  • badges - sports house 
  • badges - Year 12 
  • career guides
  • entry fees to sporting carnivals—swimming and athletics
  • excursions for whole school activities such as our School Leaders' Induction Ceremony, Award Ceremonies, and the Year 12 Graduation
  • group photos for the school magazine
  • identification (ID) card
  • student diary

Extra-curricular activities

The school offers many extra-curricular activities. They include performing and visual arts, chess, debating and sporting activities.

Students participating in extra-curricular activities must pay additional costs.

Costs include:

  • equipment
  • buses
  • uniforms
  • coaches'/instructors' shirts
  • operating expenses (photocopying, repair costs)
  • gifts for volunteer coaches and instructors.

Parents and guardians can find out about these costs at the information sessions provided by the Master in Charge (MIC) of the activities.  Contact details for the MICs are available on our website -

Other levies and fees

Levies for GPS or QGSSSA extra-curricular activities

Levies are set by the MICs, the school’s Finance Manager, and where appropriate, a P&C representative. These should be paid before starting any activity. If this is not possible, the latest date for payment is by Week 3.​

BYOD & Direct to Net

These fees provide resources, internet connectivity and assistance over and above what the State Government provides to schools.

School Magazine

The annual school magazine provides a record of the year’s school life and is greatly valued by past and present students.

​​​Recreational Activities

Throughout the year opportunities arise where students are invited to participate in year level activities, overseas trips etc. These are not mandatory. Costs for these are determined by venue, catering, decorations, security and other costs.  Participation has terms and conditions to be noted.​