User Pays Scheme


Subject fees and other levies

At Brisbane State High School, 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 comprises the subject fees and other levies are invoiced to families at Brisbane State High School to support the delivery of education for students.

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*
  • other levies and fees that may arise from time to time

*BYOD: This levy provides resources, 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 Resource lists 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 of Education.

The allowance varies annually. In 2021, 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 (or for the duration of their enrolment at Brisbane State High School).

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 can choose to have the value of the Textbook Allowance:

  • donated, wholly or in-part, to the P&C Association
  • credited on the first invoice of the school year
  • paid to them via EFT

When you enrol your child, you will be asked to indicate your preferred option on the User Pays Scheme Agreement Form included in the Enrolment Offer Package.

Summary of fees

Subject fees

Subject fees cover the cost of resources, excursions/camps (if applicable) directly associated with the subject. Subject fees for Junior and Senior students are available to download via the About our school page on our school's website.

When you enrol your child, you will be asked to sign the User Pays Scheme Agreement Form that is included in the Enrolment Offer Package. This Agreement Form outlines the terms and conditions of the User Pays Scheme. We ask that you acknowledge that you have been advised that the school charges subject fees for subjects undertaken by the students; and that you will support the school by paying the fees. 

The school endeavours to provide as much information to parents to allow informed decisions to be made. When the term statements are emailed to parents, it will be accompanied by our Finance Matters newsletter to further advise of financial processes at the school.

The 2021 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 User Pays Scheme Subject Fees and Other Levies Components document. (This document will be added to this page soon.)

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:

  • Administrative management of activities programs at the school, inclusive of affiliations. All students are expected to participate in an interest activity. Activities may include, but are not limited to: Amnesty International, Art, Cultural Activities, Creative Writing, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Greenscape (environmental committee), F1 in Schools, First LEGO League, Peers for Academic Success, Student Digital Leaders, Student Representative Council, Technical Crew, The Ink Drop (magazine produced by students) and sport.
  • Student ID Card
  • User Pays Scheme management
  • Entry fees to sports carnivals and whole school events

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 audio/visual 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 an activity's subcommittee, masters in charge, Extra-Curricular Office staff and the school's finance department. Parents/guardians 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 activity's season.

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

Other levies and fees

Activities program

Some of our activities will have a levy attached, others will not. For those that do have a levy, these are established in consultation with staff and parent groups. We would like to see every student at the school involved in at least one activity offered by the school. These include, but are not limited to activities such as Amnesty International, Art, Cultural Activities, Creative Writing, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Greenscape (environmental committee), F1 in Schools, First LEGO League, Peers for Academic Success, Student Digital Leaders, Student Representative Council, Technical Crew, The Ink Drop (magazine produced by students) and sport.


This levy provides resources over and above what the State Government provides to schools.

Annual Magazine

The school's Annual 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 – costs cover the whole year
  • 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.

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, irrespective 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

Finance Information

Download Finance Information for Term 1, 2021 (PDF, 312KB) 

Last reviewed 08 March 2021
Last updated 08 March 2021