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 Education Act 1989 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 2018 year, Attendance Dues are charged at the following rates:

Primary Schools  $430.00 per year
Secondary: Years 7 & 8  $430.00 per year
Secondary: Years 9–13  $845.00 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.

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.



Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Application forms for the Hardship Scheme are available from school and parish offices, or use the link below to complete the application, then print and sign the form.

2018 ACFL Hardship App Form




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.