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Brisbane Catholic Education absorbs insurance fee rises

Brisbane Catholic Education has decided absorb a 30% rise in public liability insurance, and will restrict 2004 school fee increases in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Brisbane Catholic Education executive director David Hutton told the Catholic Leader that school fees would rise by about 3%.

But he said that rising costs are an issue, and all Catholic schools in Queensland face a difficult financial outlook for 2004.

As authorities tried to finalise their budgets for next year, they still did not have 2003 Federal Government grant figures which normally were received in October, Mr Hutton said.

Mr Hutton said Brisbane Catholic Education had also been informed its State Government grants component would be increasing by only 1.9%.

"We've also got to pay salary increases," he said. "We expect to have to pay 3.8% (increase) backdated to June 2003."

Brisbane Catholic Education is facing a 10% increase in personal accident insurance for volunteer workers and a 3% rise in composite risk property insurance.

Insurance fee rises absorbed (Catholic Leader 23/11/03)

Brisbane Catholic Education

21 Nov 2003