Fee relief for Catholic school families

Warnervale’s MacKillop Catholic College.

Central Coast families with children enrolled in Catholic schools will benefit from fee relief in the wake of COVID-19.

The fee relief package for schools within the Diocese of Broken Bay was announced on April 27 by the Bishop of Broken Bay, Anthony Randazzo, and has since been reiterated to all schools in the Diocese, following the return of full time schooling.

The package includes: Full reduction on fees, building levies and school-based charges for Terms 2 and 3 for any family in receipt of the JobSeeker payment; A partial reduction of at least 50 per cent for any family where one parent member is in receipt of the JobKeeper payment; and, deferment of payment of any fees until January for any family who, under COVID-19 related financial stress, requests additional time to pay outstanding fees.

Families will need to complete and submit a fee relief request form to the Diocese’s Fee Liaison Unit.

The Unit is also available to discuss options with families unsure of their circumstances.

Forms and as well as contact information for the Fee Liaison Unit are available on the Community of Catholic Schools Diocese of Broken Bay website.

Bishop Randazzo said the package will be implemented by Danny Casey, Interim Director of Schools, and his staff in the Catholic Schools Office in close collaboration with local Principals.

He added that support measures for Term 4 were also being assessed, with an update to be provided to all families prior to the end of the Term 3.

Schools affected on the Coast’s north are: St Brigid’s Catholic College, Lake Munmorah; St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School, Lake Munmorah; MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale; St Mary’s Catholic School, Toukley; St Cecilia’s Catholic School, Wyong; St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah; Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Shelly Beach; and, St John Fisher Catholic School, Tumbi Umbi.

Letter, Apr 27
Anthony Randazzo, Bishop of Broken Bay
Website, Jun 1
Community of Catholic Schools Diocese of Broken Bay
Reporter: Dilon Luke