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


Parentingideas Club

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

Parentingideas Club 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

  • 15 ways to love your child confidently
    by Michael Grose on September 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Parents have two things in common. Firstly, every parent experiences some challenges or difficulties at some point raising kids. Whether it’s managing challenging behaviour, keeping a child’s chin up when life doesn’t go their way or […]

  • A cool tool to reduce teenage risk
    by Michael Grose on September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Many parents think their teenagers are three years younger than they really are, while most teenagers think they are three years older than they are. Finding middle ground can be hard work. Teenagers generally want more freedom, while parents want […]

  • Father to Father
    by Michael Grose on August 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    The wonderful thing about current day dads is that so many want to have hands-on involvement with their kids. Here are five ideas to help that involvement be more positive The post Father to Father appeared first on Parenting Ideas. […]

  • Acceptance of differences begins at home
    by Michael Grose on August 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It’s often said that a civil society can be determined by the way it treats its most vulnerable members, including the young, the old and minority groups. Most Australians like to think that we do pretty well on these measures, … The post […]

  • Help your son get the worry bug under control
    by Michael Grose on August 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Many boys worry about seemingly little things that they have no control over. Whether it’s worrying about the house catching on fire; monsters or spiders lurking under their beds; or even worrying that their parents will go work in the … The […]

  • 9 facts about boys that you may not know
    by Michael Grose on August 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Boys can be a mystery to many parents, particularly those who were raised in all-girl households or who have had minimum exposure to males in their formative years. Research supports the notion that the more you know about boys the … The post 9 […]

  • Parenting kids who struggle
    by Michael Grose on August 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    One of the unwritten laws of family-life is that talent and ability is unevenly distributed between siblings. In most families there is one child who seems to have more than his or her fair share of ability. Everything some kids … The post […]

  • Teach boys the processes of independence
    by Michael Grose on August 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    If you want kids to become independent you need to teach them skills so they can become self-sufficient. Dressing yourself, making a snack, looking up a bus time table and making a CV are examples of self-sufficiency skills that are … The post […]

  • Re-thinking our approach to regularity and predictability
    by Michael Grose on July 31, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Traditional thinking has always been that consistent routine and order is good for kids’ development. An Australian Story segment about an Australian father who took his son on six month African adventure that aired on ABC TV recently (24th July, […]

  • 5 words to avoid if you want your kids to co-operate
    by Michael Grose on July 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve noticed that there are five very common words that invite resistance rather than co-operation, from children who are termed (whether rightly or wrongly) ‘strong-willed’, ‘stubborn’ or ‘know their mind’. […]

View more Parenting Ideas on Michael Grose’s Blog