Under current legislation, our college provides free instruction in the standard curriculum program (ie. eight key learning areas), and charges for goods and services used in the course of instruction only, known as the ‘Essential Items List’.

The Essential Items List provides a range of essential education items, including stationery and resources, which will be used in the course of instruction for your child. There may also be additional costs for some extra-curricular activities, participation in sporting teams, electives and VET courses.

Please refer to the Parent Payments Policy for more information

The college offers payment plans for families experiencing financial difficulties. Please contact our Business Manager on 8312 0200 if you wish to discuss a payment plan.



Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities for their children.

School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund ensures that every student will have the opportunity to join their classmates for these important, educational and fun activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or you are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. The allowance of $225 per secondary school student is paid to the college for each year of eligibility, to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

To apply, complete the application form and take it to one of our campus offices with your concession details.

Download the CSEF Application Form


State Schools Relief

State Schools Relief is a charitable organisation which assists eligible families with the costs of uniform and school shoes.

Applications for assistance from State Schools Relief are made by the college on behalf of the family. Please contact your child’s Co-ordinator at the Junior Campus on 9363 1155 or the Senior Campus on 8312 0200 for assistance.


Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to families to buy and sell second hand uniforms and textbooks, as well as other school items such as scientific calculators, sporting goods and musical instruments.

The system is simple and easy to use, with preloaded booklists and uniform lists making buying and selling easy. If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance.

Registration is easy and searching is free. Items can be listed for sale from as little as $1.50 per ad.

Visit the Sustainable School Shop website

All enquiries should be directed to the Sustainable School Shop on 1300 683 337 or help is also available through ‘Contact Us’ on their website.

View the Sustainable School Shop Brochure


Parenting Ideas

VUSC is a school member of Parenting Ideas which was founded by Michael Grose, author of nine parenting books and parenting educator to over 1500 Australian schools.

Parenting Ideas features up-to-date research, timely advice and inspiration, providing parenting strategies on everything from sibling rivalry, teen health and creating resilience in kids, for children of all ages.

For more information or to become a parent member, visit www.parentingideasclub.com.au.

From the ParentingIdeas Blog

  • Moving beyond cyber safety for happy, resilient digital kids
    by Michael Grose on February 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    As digital devices becoming increasingly immersed into our lives, it is certainly clear they will continue to play a major role in the education, learning, entertainment and socialization of our children’s lives. This can be a scary prospect for a […]

  • True Grit helps kids succeed
    by Michael Grose on February 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    “Talent or persistence. Which would you choose for your child?” I often ask this question at my parenting seminars and the responses are fascinating. Parents naturally want both. Sorry, but that’s not an option. When pushed most parents […]

  • 6 skill sets that help kids succeed
    by Michael Grose on February 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    When I was teaching, as I got to know to children at the start of the year, I was always on the lookout for factors others than academic ability. As a number of researchers have found, including Prof. Michael Bernard … The post 6 skill sets that […]

  • 7 ways to make a sensational start to the school year
    by Michael Grose on January 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    A new school year means a fresh start for students. Regardless of your child’s performance last year, they start school with a clean slate. A break offers students the chance to begin new habits and adopt new behaviours. Here are … The post […]

  • How to talk to your child when they’re highly emotional
    by Michael Grose on January 23, 2018 at 1:38 am

    One of the hardest jobs for a parent to do is to talk to your child when they are angry and upset. There are two common mistakes that we make when kids are angry. First mistake is talking or shouting … The post How to talk to your child when […]

  • Shaping little humans
    by Michael Grose on December 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve long had a fascination with the nature versus nurture debate. Is it nature (what kids are born with) or is it nurture (how the human environment shapes kids)? Some experts go with percentages. Many twins studies (often used to … The […]

  • Raising a little shrugger!
    by Michael Grose on December 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Everyone knew a shrugger when they were young. They seemed to be everywhere in my neighbourhood. Shruggers are the kids who can shrug off the teasing and negative comments from peers and siblings. My best friend Terry was an infuriating … The post […]

  • Thought-stopping and other great coping strategies
    by Amelia Williams on November 27, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Some friends dropped by with their kids recently. They were like rung out rags. Mr. 9 year old narrowly lost both a basketball grand final on Saturday morning and a big cricket game on the Sunday morning. Miss 4 year old narrated … The […]

  • When boys fight
    by Amelia Williams on November 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

    At a recent seminar I asked parents to reflect on the attributes that their kids had in common as this would help reveal their parenting focus. “They all fight… with each other!” said one mum. This mother had three boys … The […]

  • Why finishing 4th beats winning
    by Amelia Williams on November 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Winning is great! We love it when our kids win a game or a race. It’s great to see their faces light up when they win. Winning is a good feeling. Winning means they’re doing well. It’s equated with success. It’s … The […]

View more Parenting Ideas on Michael Grose’s Blog