Tuition Charges for Dependents of Class 457 Visa Holders

Tuition Charges for Dependents of Class 457 Visa Holders

The Australian government has a well-developed system of welcoming skilled migrants into the country. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people living in Australia were born in another country; therefore Australia holds a special attraction to migrants from all over the world.

The Australian government has a well-developed system of welcoming skilled migrants into the country. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people living in Australia were born in another country; therefore Australia holds a special attraction to migrants from all over the world. The skilled migrants are allowed in Australia on a temporary work visa subclass 457. This visa allows Australian businesses to recruit and sponsor skilled migrants who are eligible to live and work in the country for a period of up to 4 years. The visa holders are allowed to stay in Australia with their families. For the migrants with school going dependents, various states and territories in Australia have different public school tuition policies for these students. This can be a critical factor for international job hunters, as to which States or Territories to consider. The policies range from charging them full international fees, extending fee waivers or charging no fees at all. We take a look at the policies for some territories and states below.

  • The Government of Tasmania does charge schools fees for all temporary residents but for 457 visa holder these fees can often be exempt. If you are a temporary resident and not on a 457 visa, the exact amount payable will depend of your visa type, but should not amount to more than $5,500.
  • The Northern Territory does allow temporary 457 visa holders the same subsidized education as Australian citizens and permanent residents. Other temporary visa holders are liable to pay for these fees.
  • The Government of New South Wales (NSW) charges fees for dependents of 457 visa holders. The charges for Primary school and Junior high stand at $4,500 per year and $5,500 for Senior high school students. These fees should be paid in advance. It is possible to apply for an exemption for such fees which will be assessed by the NSW Department of Education. Such an exemption may be approved if one can prove financial hardship due to the school fee levy. When holding a 457 visa and residing in NSW with school aged kids, it’s imperative for you to apply for permanent residency to reduce these education costs.
  • 457 visa holders residing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are liable for international student charges. These fees are $12,500 for years 7-10 in high school and $13,900 for years 11 through 12 in high school. The ACT Department of Education and Training normally expects a sponsor to meet all educational costs incurred. These fees can be waived for those on a sub class 457 visa pertaining to certain circumstances.

The following states generally provide Government schooling to temporary residents in the same way as Australian citizens or permanent residents:

  • The government of South Australia treats the dependents of temporary work visa holders as local students and charges them the applicable local fees. However, the students are also eligible to apply for Government assistance loans.
  • The Government of Western Australia charges the dependents of temporary work visa holders the normal fees payable by local students. In case the student hails from a country where English is not spoken, the students will be charged an extra fee for English remedial lessons.
  • The Government of Queensland from the 4th of December 2012 introduced a fee waiver for student dependents of temporary work visa holders.
  •  Migrants on a 457 visa residing in Victoria are normally exempt from paying school fee’s or are either eligible for subsidised education when enrolling in a public school.

For the above states (VIC, QLD, SA and WA) there is normally no tuition fees required and the only costs incurred by parents would stationary, uniform and resource contributions, such as excursions etc.

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