The department’s seven schools of distance education
are ‘schools of choice’ available to students who feel that services offered
meet their educational needs.
Enrolment fees for the provision of distance education apply for home-based and non-state students under s69 of Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006
(the Act). Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
a student may be eligible for an exemption, waiver (full or partial) or partial refund from payment of the distance education enrolment fee. These students are not eligible for government subsidies; however they may be eligible for an exemption from paying the fee if enrolled in a School of Distance Education (SDE) program and satisfy specific criteria. Each year, the regulatory fees
for distance education are increased in line with the Consumer Price Index.
State schools students may be exempt from paying the enrolment fee for a distance education program on the following grounds:
- living in a remote area (as defined by s49 Meaning of remote area of the Act)*;
- health/medical condition;
- itinerant families;
- exclusion (under s291 and 298 of the Act);
- suspension because of a charge for a criminal offence (chapter 12, part 3, division 2 of the Act);
- parental responsibilities; and
- students in correctional centres.
*Students affected by transitional arrangements in 2014/15 who were not charged a fee will be liable for payment of an enrolment fee for enrolment in 2016. Like other students, interstate students may apply to the school of distance education principal for an exemption or waiver to the payable enrolment fee under Act.
- do not live within 16 kilometres of a mature age state school; or
- have been refused enrolment at a mature age state school.
In certain circumstances, namely financial hardship and educational disadvantage (through lack of educational continuity), or in exceptional circumstances, a student may apply for a waiver of the distance education enrolment fee under the Act.
Students enrolled in non-state schools may access an SDE for individual subjects. Non-state school students can apply for a waiver or a refund under certain circumstances through their school.
Waiver/refund applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Refund applications cannot be considered after the end of Semester 1 under Regulation s69A(3)(a). Where an applicant is not satisfied with a decision, they have 14 days after being notified to apply for reconsideration.