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Subject Fees and Other Levies

User Pays Scheme

At State High, we offer an excellent educational environment and provide many opportunities to all students. State schools do not charge instruction, facilities and administration costs; however, some fees are essential to support the delivery of education.

The User Pays Scheme Policy – Subject Fees and Other Levies (PDF, 645 KB) outlines the mandatory fees which are essential to support the delivery of education for students who attend Brisbane State High School.

Payment of subject fees is mandatory. At State High, mandatory fees include:

  • subject fees (in some cases inclusive of assessable excursions and camps directly related to the subject)
  • a general levy
  • a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) levy*
  • a Direct to Net (DTN) levy*
  • other levies and fees that may arise from time to time

*BYOD & Direct to Net: These fees provide resources, internet connectivity and assistance over and above what the Government provides to state schools.

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

Brisbane State High School's P&C Association reviews and approves the fees each year.

Contact us for more information about the User Pays Scheme.

Textbook and Resource Allowance

State High does not operate a textbook hire scheme—guardians will need to purchase textbooks and Apps. Please refer to the Apps and Resources page on the school website:

The Queensland Government provides a Textbook and Resource Allowance to parents and 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 2020, the allowances are:

  • $130 for Year 7 to 10 students
  • $281 for Year 11 and 12 students

If there are changes to the allowance, we will inform families in our first school newsletter of each year.

More information on the textbook and resource allowance can be found on the Department of Education website.


Most students are eligible to receive the Textbook and Resource Allowance once per year for six 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

Parents and 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 2020 subject fees documents for Junior School and Senior School students are available to download below:

For a detailed list of resources included under User Pays Scheme, please download the Subject Fees and Other Levies Components document below:

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

General Levy

The general levy includes affiliation fees to:

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

as well as

  • A Student ID Card
  • Career & Pathway Materials
  • Entry fees to sports carnivals; entry fees to induction, awards and graduation excursions

Extra-Curricular & Recreational Activities (optional)

Optional extra-curricular and recreational activities (e.g. performing and visual arts, chess, debating and sporting activities), formals, socials, movie nights, overseas travel, year level activities, fundraising activities are offered to students to enhance the educational experience at the school.  These are not mandatory.

Charges for recreational activities are based on a cost recovery basis and are determined by expenses incurred for the activity and the number of participants. Expenses may include travel costs (including insurance), venue, catering, gifts for overseas schools, decorations, security, etc. 

Levies for extra-curricular activities are calculated on a cost recovery basis. Costs may include some or all of the following:

  • apparel for First and Open teams
  • acknowledgements for volunteer coaches
  • catering for visiting school Principals and Sports Masters
  • coach's shirt 
  • enhancement equipment
  • equipment replacement and repair
  • filming by AV Specialists
  • operating expenses (photocopying, repair costs)
  • referee expenses
  • security officer/s
  • sports medicine (ambulance on site)
  • training bibs / singlets
  • transport
  • uniforms / costumes 
  • venue use / hire

These levies are also based on the number of students who are participating in the activity. Levies are set after consultation with parents who sit on the activity's subcommittee, Masters in Charge, Extra-Curricular Office staff and the school's finance department. Parents are informed of these levies prior to students participating in the activity to allow them to make an informed decision. These levies should be paid before the start of any activity, or in the first week of the activtity's season.

View the Extra-Curricular Activities section of the school website for more information.

Other Levies and Fees

Levies for GPS or QGSSSA Extra-Curricular Activities

Levies are set by an activity's Master in Charge (MIC), the school's Finance Manager, and where appropriate, a P&C Association representative. These levies 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.


Invoices are emailed to parents and guardians in Week 4 of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Statements are emailed in Week 4 of each school term.

  • Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invoiced for subjects in Semester 1 only
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students are invoiced in Semester 1 and 2, as they change subjects each semester
  • Fees for Year 10, 11 and 12 students undertaking Certificate/Diploma level courses may also be included on invoices with other subject fees; however, in the main these courses are invoiced direct to parents by the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).


You can pay all fees, levies and charges 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.
  • 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 on 3291 4213 early in the year to set up a Part Payment Plan. A Part Payment Plan allows you to pay fees gradually, however must be paid in full by the middle of November of the same year.

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.

Non-Payment of Levies and Fees

Levies apply to all students, regardless of the category of enrolment in which they are enrolled. It is essential that subject fees are paid so that resources can be provided to teachers in the classrooms. This school ensures that classrooms are resourced well, and to a high standard.  This cannot happen without your support.

As per the Terms and Conditions of the User Pays Scheme Agreement signed by parents prior to enrolment:

16.  Non payment of subject fees may result in debt recovery action in accordance with the Department's Debt Management procedure. In such cases, the Principal may:

  • Withdraw the Student's participation in the User Pays Scheme
  • Withhold the provision of any further items under the User Pays Scheme
  • Exclude the student from optional, non-curricular activities and/or
  • Initiate debt recovery action