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 2018 is $138 per day. The daily fee will include a supply of morning tea and afternoon tea, but not lunch.
A late pickup fee will be charged if a student leaves the ELC after 6:00 PM.
Although it is anticipated that the cost of most events and other activities will be covered by the fee, there may be events or activities such as excursions or incursions 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.
Fees are likely to be invoiced weekly in arrears. An online payment gateway will make the payment of fees very convenient. Please note the ELC or the College’s Finance Department cannot process payments over the phone, nor will it accept cash payments, American Express or Diner’s Club cards.
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 child care fees, are generally exempt from GST. In fact, child care 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 Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR)
Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment from the Australian Government that helps you with the cost of child care. CCB is an income-tested payment which reduces the cost of your total child care fees. It is available to you if you are a parent, foster parent or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending child care approved for the purposes of CCB by, or registered with, the Government. There are certain eligibility requirements you must meet to get CCB. The CCB is usually paid directly to the ELC to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. You should apply for the CCB online or in person through Centrelink. Click here for more information. You will need to create a MyGov account if you don’t already have one.
Child Care Rebate (CCR) helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the CCB, you may be eligible for the CCR. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs. Currently, the CCR annual limit is $7,500 per child per year. You have the option to receive your CCR paid fortnightly, either directly to your bank account, or through the Newington ELC as a fee reduction. You also have the option of having your CCR paid quarterly or annually as a lump sum directly to your bank account.
The Australian Government provides a large amount of information at mychild.gov.au.
Newington ELC is in the process of establishing an online administration system known as a child care management system (CCMS) that will make much of the fee payment and other administrative matters, such as attendance (sign in and sign out) both simple and readily available. The expectation is that the Newington ELC will be able to reach parents online via the CCMS and our parent portal, known as SPACES.
Making a payment
Making a payment for fees is easy with our secure, online payment portal. Simply choose the type of payment you would like to make from a number of helpful links. You can create an account, and pay fees anywhere, anytime. Simply click the ‘pay now’ button to make a direct payment.
The online administration system will manage the CCB and CCR using parent preferences for having the benefit and/or rebate applied to fees or collectable after the event.
Enquiries regarding fees or accounts should be directed to the College’s Finance Department on 02 9568 9333 from Monday, 8 January.