Payroll Tax Exemption
The Andrews Labor Government has been a strong supporter of Catholic education in Victoria, having delivered record capital and recurrent funding for our sector. We are grateful for the capital grant received to support the development of the new STEAM Building, as announced in the last edition of the IONA.
However, as you might be aware, the Victorian Government recently announced that ‘high fee’ non-government schools would be subject to payroll tax from 1 July 2024. It is possible that our school will be subject to the new tax.
We estimate that this decision could take at least $800,000 from our annual budget, which equates to about $800 for each student.
While we are currently working through how we may have to fund the new tax, it’s clear that it could require us to make difficult decisions relating to our teaching and learning programs, our capital works program, and our fee levels.
These are not decisions we want to have to make. We are acutely aware that many families are feeling significant cost-of-living pressures.
While our school and our peak body, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, continue to work hard to oppose the new tax, I now ask for your support.
We need your help to show the Victorian Government that our opposition to the new tax has broad community support. I ask that you consider expressing your concerns to the below Labor Members of Parliament (MPs), who serve in the government that has proposed the tax.
- Danny Pearson, Assistant Treasurer, email@example.com
- Sheena Watt, Parliamentary Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enver Erdogan, Minister, email@example.com
I will send a letter in this coming week that will contain a link to a template you are able to personalise and send to the relevant member/s of parliament.
We are grateful for the response we have received from the Victorian Liberals, who have committed to repealing this tax should they form government after the next State election. You might also choose to email MPs from the Liberal Party in support of this commitment.
I thank you for advocating for our school, and for your ongoing support of me and my team as we navigate these challenging times.
Letters and Forms Requiring the Principal’s Signature
From time to time, families require letter and forms from the College that require the Principal’s review and/or signature. I ask that you give my office at least 48 hours’ notice to return these forms to you. This will ensure that I have given what you require due consideration, and disappointment is avoided. Than you for your support with this matter.
This is the last IONA for Term Two (and Semester One). We look back on what has been a short and very busy term, with gratitude for the learning opportunities, for our staff, for our community, and for our young people. We also look forward for the break that lies ahead – may it bring peace, rest, and replenishment.
We will welcome all students back for Term Three on 10 July.