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Refunds of Enrolment Fee


A home based distance education student can apply for a part refund of the enrolment fee under Section 69A of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. The enrolment of this student must cease before the end of first semester. The refund must be requested before the end of the first semester, by written application to the school Principal stating the reason/s for the application and the date the enrolment ceased. The fee may be partially refunded if, due to a change in personal circumstances, the student is no longer enrolled in the program of distance education. Personal circumstances may include a change in family circumstance that necessitates a move in residence to another location.

Enrolment fees for the provision of distance education apply for home-based and non-state students under Section 69 of Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006

Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 a student may be eligible for an exemption, waiver (full or partial) or partial refund from payment of the distance education enrolment fee. 

These students are not eligible for government subsidies; however they may be eligible for an exemption from paying the fee if enrolled in a School of Distance Education (SDE) program and satisfy specific criteria. Each year, the regulatory fees for distance education are increased in line with the Consumer Price Index.

State schools students may be exempt from paying the enrolment fee for a distance education program on the following grounds:

  • living in a remote area (as defined by s49 Meaning of remote area of the Act);
  • health/medical condition

  • itinerant families

  • exclusion

  • indefinite suspension because of a charge for a criminal offence

  • parental responsibilities; and

  • students in correctional centres.

Waiver/refund applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Refund applications cannot be considered after the end of Semester 1 aiver/refund applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Refund applications cannot be considered after the end of Semester 1 under Regulation s69A(3)(a) Where an applicant is not satisfied with a decision, they have 14 days after being notified to apply for reconsideration.

In accordance with the Act, refund applications will not be considered after the end of Semester 1. Refunds are not pro-rated from the date of enrolment. Refunds will be determined by the Regional Director after considering a recommendation from the school Principal.