Charges and Voluntary Contributions

Voluntary contributions, compulsory charges and approved funding paid by parents/carers are used to purchase text books, materials and other resources used by students in their everyday classes. All contributions and charges assist in providing an educational program that meets the requirements of the Curriculum Framework and comply with the guidelines issued by the Department of Education and the School Education Act.

The College community is appreciative of the financial support given by parents/carers which enables staff to continue to offer quality educational programs.

The voluntary contribution requested:

  • Year 7-10 is $235 excluding consumable and personal items. This will vary depending on the options chosen by students.
  • Years 11 and 12 charges are course based.

All charges are to be paid in full by the end of Term 2.

Students enrolled in extra cost option courses (e.g. Cricket, Tennis, Netball and Music) are required to pay additional relevant charges in full prior to commencement of the course. Failure to do so will result in students being withdrawn from the course.

P&C Levy

A voluntary annual P&C membership contribution of $30 per family

Other Approved Contributions

A breakdown of how your Contributions are spent is available here.

Anticipated Excursion Costs for 2024

A breakdown of anticipated excursion costs is available here.


Payment of contributions and charges can be made any time between 8.00am-4.00pm, Monday to Friday in the administration office during school term in person, over the phone or by mail via cash, cheque, credit card, BPoint (log on to or BPAY (the Biller Code and Reference Number can be found on the Charges and Voluntary Contributions sheet) . Payments can also be made directly to the college bank account online (student's name to be included):

Account Name: John Forrest Secondary College
Bank: Commonwealth
BSB: 066-132
Account Number: 00900083

Paying Your Account

Download and print a Payment Slip (PDF).

Direct Debits

We understand that some families may not be in a position to pay the full amount all at once. To accommodate this situation the college can arrange a time payment plan and direct debits can be set up to take regular payments from a bank account, a credit or debit card or Centrelink Pension. Regular direct deposits can also be made to the college bank account (see account details above).

Please contact the Billing Officer (T: 9473 4017 / E: to arrange signed authorities to commence one of the above options.


Assistance to meet the cost of schooling is available to parents and students through various allowances listed below. Applications are made through the College's Billing Officer during Term 1 and are subject to the applicant being a current holder of one of the following cards which must be valid for a period of no less than four weeks and be current some time during first term:

  • Department of Social Security: Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Centrelink Family Health Care Card (Family Card only).
  • Department of Veteran Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (Blue Card).

Students may claim for themselves if they are classified by Centrelink as a Homeless/Independent Youth. Appropriate correspondence must be supplied by Centrelink to validate claims.

Application for the Secondary Assistance Scheme can be made through the College's Billing Officer.

Secondary Assistance Scheme ($235 - Years 7-12). Application should be made through the College's Billing Officer in Term 1. The subsidy is paid directly to the College to assist with the payment of Charges & Voluntary Contributions.

Secondary Assistance Scheme (Clothing) ($115 - Years 7-12). Application should be made through the College's Billing Officer in Term 1. The allowance is paid directly to parents via the Department of Education. Parents can nominate for this payment to be paid directly to College Charges & Voluntary Contributions.

Application for Secondary Assistance Scheme Form 2024Applications close 28 March 2024.

Youth Allowance : This grant applies to students 16 years and over and is to assist with students' educational requirements. Application is made through Centrelink by phone on 132 490.

Abstudy : This allowance applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist with their educational requirements. Application is made through Centrelink by phone on 132 317.  If you are entitled to Abstudy, you may also be eligible to claim the Supplement Allowance.  See application form attached hereApplications close 28 March 2024 - no late applications can be accepted.

Travel Concessions : For rail, bus (not metro) and airline travel (application through the College's Manager of Corporate Services).