Australia’s most expensive private schools revealed – with the priciest costing parents a staggering $43,660 a year
- Most expensive private school in the country is Geelong Grammar in Victoria
- A new report from Edstart also found Victoria had the highest average fees
- NSW fees were the second highest but have increased the most since 2021
Victoria’s Geelong Grammar has been revealed as Australia’s most expensive school with parents having to fork out up to $43,660 a year in standard school fees.
A new report from education finance company Edstart has also found Victoria has the highest average school costs in the nation followed by the ACT and NSW.
Melbourne’s ritzy inner south-east – which is home to Melbourne Grammar, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Scotch College – is the country’s priciest region with median annual fees of $34,246.
The next highest school district is Sydney’s exclusive eastern suburbs – which includes St Catherine’s School and Cranbrook School and demands average fees of $34,183.
Geelong Grammar (pictured) in Victoria is the nation’s most expensive school with fees up to $43,660
Melbourne Girls Grammar (pictured) was also near the top with the city’s south being the priciest school district in Australia
EDSTART AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES 2022 REPORT
NSW $43,297 highest, $12,950 median
VIC $43,660 highest, $14,140 median
WA $30,270 highest, $9,681 median
QLD $30,250 highest, $11,424 median
SA $28,580 highest, $8,748 median
ACT $28,190 highest, $12,945 median
Most expensive areas in each state:
NSW Eastern Sydney $34,183 median
VIC South Melbourne $34,246 median
QLD Redland City $14,652 median
WA Perth central $17,422 median
SA Eastern Adelaide $15,233 median
The report looked at the fees of 538 private schools across the country and compared them to last years.
The research found Victoria’s median school fees were $14,140 and have increased $525 from last year.
For much of 2021 any increase to Victorian schools fees were paused as the city endured lengthy lockdowns.
NSW had a median of $12,950 but fees have on average surged by $1,411 from 2021.
The ACT had a median of $12,945 and also had the highest increase since last year at 4.26 per cent.
Edstart chief executive Jack Stevens said implementing safety measures and restrictions for coronavirus were impacting school budgets and driving up fees.
‘The transition to the new normal of living with the virus means schools are incurring extra costs,’ Mr Stevens said.
‘These include additional teaching and support staff, increased cleaning requirements, procurement of rapid antigen tests, and alterations to classrooms to improve air quality,’ he added.
‘In addition, changes to the federal government funding model for non-government schools will also continue to impact school budgets this year.’
NSW private school fees (pictured: The King’s School in Parramatta) were the second highest but have risen the most since 2021