Parents who enrol their children in public schools pay more for external tutoring, uniforms and electronic devices such as laptops to assist in their child’s learning, according to the report.
These additional costs – known as ancillary costs – add up to $6725 per child each year, while public school fees are just $368 per year.
”Around five per cent of the total true cost of education can be attributed to school fees and the other 95 per cent for a government education is really around all of those ancillary costs,” Futurity Investment Group Executive Kate Hill said.
Those costs can be a shock to families within the public school system, as they don’t expect such high costs from public education.
Sydney is the second most expensive city for public education, costing parents $89,500 over 13 years – two per cent above the national average.
Parents pay $6548 in annual ancillary costs per child in Sydney.
Canberra was the most affordable city for government-funded schooling, costing families $77,002 over the course of an entire school education.
Parents pay $5116 each year in ancillary costs per child in Canberra.
How much are parents paying, and for what?
Outside tutoring will set Victorian families back by more than $1350 per child.
Electronic devices and musical instruments will cost parents $781 per child.
Textbooks and school camps will cost over $300 each per child, totalling $640.
In total, a public school education will cost parents in Melbourne $102,807 from kindergarten to year 12.
How much are private schools?
Sydney is the most expensive city in the country for private education, costing parents on average a whopping $357,931 per child over 13 years, which is 19 per cent over the national average.
Parents sending their children to private or independent schools in Melbourne pay $307,508 per child over the same period.
They pay a total of $17,372 in tuition and ancillary fees such as textbooks, technology devices, uniforms and excursions.
Independent education ancillary fees account for 39 per cent of the total cost this year.
Perth is the cheapest city for private education, costing parents $213,889 per child over thirteen years.
How much are catholic schools?
Canberra was the most expensive city for a Catholic education, costing parents $197,667
Parents sending their children through the catholic school system in Melbourne pay $184,336 over thirteen years of schooling.
The report estimates that external tutoring fees for parents of Catholic school students end up costing $2013.
The research estimates that parents will pay $7824 in ancillary fees, and they will account for 80 per cent of the total education cost.
Sydney was the cheapest city for Catholic education, where parents pay, on average, $178,478.