All you need to know about our billing and payment process.
Early Learning Centre Fees
Newington ELC is owned and operated by the Council of Newington College (trading as “Newington College”). Newington College is a not-for-profit entity. Any surplus funds from operations are not distributed but are turned back into the operation of the College.
The following notes describe the fees of the Newington ELC.
The fee for attendance at the Newington ELC in 2022 is $146 per day. The daily fee will include a supply of morning tea and afternoon tea, but not lunch.
Pick-up Time Fee
A late pickup fee will be charged if a student leaves the ELC after 6pm.
Pre 6pm: Nil
Although it is anticipated that the cost of most events and other activities will be covered by the daily fee, there may be events or activities such as excursions or incursions or school photographs where there is likely to be an additional charge. Rarely, if ever, will an event be charged if permission hasn’t been first sought from parents.
A late fee may be charged if fees are long overdue. A student’s enrolment may be discontinued if fees remain unpaid.
Similarly, a student will not be allowed to participate in a non-compulsory ELC event (such as an excursion) unless fees have been paid up to date.
While it is expected that there will be no change to the fees during the course of the year, Newington College reserves the right to make alterations, in the event of unforeseen substantial changes in costs.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Educational expenses, including childcare fees, are generally exempt from GST. In fact, childcare is what is known as a GST-Free supply, and therefore carers do not charge or collect GST. However, the Newington ELC reserves the right to charge GST for goods and services provided where exemptions do not apply.
Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment from the Australian Government to ensure that Australian families are able to access affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare. The CCS is generally paid directly to service providers to be passed on to families. The level of subsidy a family receives will depend on the service type, family income and an activity test of both parents.
Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive the CCS for a child. These include:
- The age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
- The child meeting immunisation requirements
- The individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.
All families must complete an activity statement with MyGov to identify their CCS eligibility. Please click here to complete the activity statement.
For more information on this process, visit education.gov.au/childcare. Click here to view a fact sheet about the Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy. Click here to download the Child Care Package brochure.
Our ELC is operating a database system called Xplor. This system keeps a record of your family’s information, allows you to sign in and out via the iPad at Reception, maintains your child’s attendance and is the source of generating your weekly fee statement. As such, it is imperative you are successfully set-up in Xplor with a secure password. If your child is charged a fee due to late pick up or additional purchases such as school photos, it is managed through Xplor and our Finance department. Xplor is compliant with Government registration (My Gov) and provides a transparent view of transactions and the Childcare Subsidy calculated. Xplor will be set up once the ELC school year commences (when you will be sent a username and password).
Making a Payment
Fees at Newington ELC are paid using either:
- Debitsuccess – an automated Direct Debit payment method that stores credit card details in a secure environment. Neither Xplor or Newington ELC will not have access to these details.
- BPay – accessed from a code on your fee statement.
Please note that the Debitsuccess account used for payment of your ELC fees will need to be set up in the name of the person who is noted as the Primary Carer in Xplor.
Enquiries regarding fees or accounts should be directed to the College’s Finance Department on 02 9568 9333.