1. Any kindergarten with teachers in the State Sector, whether or not it is known as a free kindergarten, can charge fees for a child to attend.
(As an education service within the State Sector Act kindergartens traditionally could request donations only. Note that the change to allow free kindergartens to charge fees - as a private school or other type of private or community-based centre might - was inserted into the Education Act on 1 December 2008.
Further information is available in an article titled "Kindergarten Changes" published by ChildForum.
The Kindergarten Regulations (1959) Clause 14 stated "No fee shall be payable in respect of the attendance of a child at a kindergarten". Clause 314A was inserted into the Education Act on 1 December 2008 and reads “fees may be charged in respect of the attendance, of any child at any kindergarten (whether or not it is known or described as a free kindergarten)”. An Amendment Act dated 21 Dec 1990 reads: "Fees may be charged in respect of the attendance, after the commencement of the Education Amendment Act(No. 3) 1990, of any child at any kindergarten (whether or not it is, or is known or described as, a free kindergarten) within the meaning of the Kindergarten Regulations 1959." It added: "Regulation 14 of the Kindergarten Regulations 1959 is hereby consequentially revoked".