Attendance Dues and Special Character Contributions

Attendance Dues – Providing for Catholic Schools in Auckland

Attendance Dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 and a condition of enrolment at a Catholic school.  Attendance Dues are charged for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.  It is a legal charge and not a donation; attendance dues are not tax deductible.

Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.

Attendance Dues are collected by the schools on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland.

For the 2017 year, Attendance Dues are charged at the following rates:

Primary Schools  $420.00 per year
Secondary: Years 7 & 8  $420.00 per year
Secondary: Years 9–13  $824.00 per year


Attendance Dues are collected by the schools on behalf of the school’s Proprietor and depending on the facilities available, you can pay with Cash, Eftpos, Automatic Payment and Internet Banking.

Attendance Dues can be paid in full at the beginning of the year, per term or by regular installment.

As a condition of enrolment at an integrated school, there is a legal requirement for parents and caregivers to pay attendance dues.

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No preference student will be denied access to a Catholic School because parents and caregivers are unable to pay attendance dues in full. However, there is a need for all parents and caregivers to make a commitment to paying something towards the cost of the child’s education at a Catholic Integrated School.



Attendance Dues Sponsorship Scheme

The Attendance Dues Sponsorship Scheme has been created to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues. This is for students attending Catholic schools in the Auckland Diocese.

This scheme is operated by the Auckland Common Fund Limited.

The purpose of the sponsorship scheme is to allow parents facing financial hardship another option to seek relief where they may be reluctant to approach their school for help. The scheme is available to parents/caregivers of preference students attending all Catholic integrated schools in the Auckland Diocese.

The existing financial hardship scheme – operated by the school – is also available to parents facing hardship and we do encourage families facing financial difficulties to contact the school office or their Parish Priest.

If you wish to apply for assistance with the payment of attendance dues under the sponsorship scheme, please download and complete the application form below.

Applications to the sponsorship scheme for 2017 Attendance Dues will be accepted by the Auckland Common Fund up to 30 November 2017

The completed application form and relevant documents should be posted to:

Auckland Common Fund Limited

Sponsorship Scheme

Catholic Diocese of Auckland

P O Box 47-904



Attendance Dues Sponsorship Scheme Application Form 2017

Special Character Contributions

The Catholic Special Character contribution is a voluntary donation of $12.50 per term ($50.00 per annum) per student.

This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to Catholic Schools in the Auckland Diocese by the Catholic Education Services Board.

No contributions are made by the Government for these services.

The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools.