Cost of education calculator

Did you know, over the course of your child’s 13-year education, you could be spending anything from $50,000 to $460,0001 of your after-tax money? Add on another $50,0002 if you plan to support them through university.

If you chose private education, a large portion of this cost is in school fees. The cost can also vary depending on where you live – the best way to know this is to speak to the schools you are looking to enrol your child in.

The table below provides a guide on what to expect based on our cost of education calculator:

Education System Starting from Up to (primary) Up to (secondary)
Government levy $0 $1,000 $1,500
Catholic fees $100 $5,000 $10,000
Private school fees $5,000 $25,000 $30,000
Boarding fees $9,000 $25,000 $25,000

Our calculator also allows you to estimate other costs, such as transport, uniforms, school excursions, sport, music and other extra-curricular activities.

1. Source: ASG survey, conducted in October 2013, received responses from 6900 of the group’s member parents. This survey data can be used as a guide only. 

2. According to a Parliamentary Budget Report published in 2016, by 2026 the average annual fee for a full-time university student in a Commonwealth-supported place will be $16,836, or about $50,500 for a three-year degree. Fees for some prestigious courses at top universities will probably be much higher.