i have a yr3, yr1 & preprimary this year and all up between booklist & voluntary fees(which should be compulsary) its $350. that to me is incredibly CHEAP. This is a whole year of schooling. sure i still purchase uniforms, school bag, library bag etc etc.. but that doesn't have to be expensive.
and yes we have the pooled system in younger grades, frustrates me to no end knowing some parents dont pay. because the school offers payment options! im sure a few would not have the money at all but that would be rare. majority would want a free ride.