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Regional Victoria is Australia’s most expensive place for an Independent education

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If you want to access an inexpensive education steer clear of Regional Victoria, it is the most expensive place in the country for an independent education; $248,543 over a 13-year period for a child starting school in 2019.

This is 23.5% above the national average ($201,210) and considerably more expensive than regional New South Wales ($203,654) and Queensland ($186,226).

School fees are the most expensive component of an Independent education in regional Victoria, costing parents approximately $11,851 per child per year, well ahead of sports equipment ($246), uniforms ($369), transport ($521) and devices ($575).

A Catholic education in regional Victoria is a good option which at $88,581 is 19.4% below the national average ($109,877) and considerably more affordable than regional Queensland ($113,211) and regional New South Wales ($112,248).

School fees ($2744) are easily the most expensive part of a Catholic education in regional Victoria, well ahead of other annual expenses including sports equipment ($201), uniforms ($335), transport ($395) and devices ($845).

The total cost of a Government education in regional Victoria ($47,224) is 18.6% below the national average ($57,994) and $26,604 cheaper than regional New South Wales ($73,808), the country’s most expensive state for a regional Government education.

School fees ($257) make up a small fraction of the estimated total cost of a Government education each year in regional Victoria, with camps ($384), external tuition ($418) and devices ($806) all costing parents more.

The results are from the ASG Planning for Education Index (developed in partnership with Monash University) which is based on data sourced from a survey of 2300 members on ancillary costs conducted by ASG and public information on school fees – The Good Schools Guide and the My School Website. The data were consolidated and analysed by Monash University.

ASG CEO Ross Higgins said irrespective of Australia’s high or low inflationary environment, the cost of education has risen at more than double the rate of inflation over the past decade.

“Education costs, including tuition costs, uniforms, transport and devices are demanding a far greater share of the family budget than in the past,” Higgins said.


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