457 school fees - how much will it cost to senbd my children to school in Australia

If you are bringing school aged children with you when you move to Australia on a 457 Visa (school age usually being 5 years old or above), you will need to arrange for them to attend school.

In Some Australian states, 457 Visa holders need to pay a school fee to send their children to public schools. The school fees vary across Australian states and territories with many states and territories having different public school tuition policies for students accompanying parents on a 457 visa.

It’s important therefore to give consideration to the school fees payable by 457 visa holders when considering which Australian State or Territory you’d like to call home.  As a 457 visa resident, the fees charged by some states can be quite large.

We’d also recommend that you give consideration of these school fees when negotiating the salary for job being offered as in some instances, 457 sponsors may pay this fee as part of your job package.

Following is a summary of the 457 school fees payable for public schools in each of Australia’s states and territories.

Like all of the posts and guides you’ll find here on 457 Jobs Australia. Please be mindful of the date of this article (March 2016) as these fees may have been updated since this article was published. If you  notice any inaccuracies please let us know in our comments so we can correct them.

457 School Fees in New South Wales (NSW)

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 $5000 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.

457 School Fees in Western Australia (WA)

In 2015 the Western Australian Government introduced a tuition fee for families on 457 Visas (temporary skilled workers) whose children attend public schools in this state. The fee is $4000 per family each year, regardless of the number of children a family have enrolled in public schools.

Families on 457 visas earning less than $75,000 AUD per year may be exempt from the $4,000 fee to send a child to a West Australian public school.

457 School Fees in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

457 visa holders residing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are liable for international student charges. These fees are currently the highest of any Australian state with a fee of $12,500 for years 7-10 in high school and $13,900 for years 11 through 12 in high school.

Note though that 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 subclass 457 visa pertaining to certain circumstances.

457 school fees in Tasmania

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.

457 School Fees in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria

The rest of the Australian States generally provide Government schooling to 457 residents children in the same way as Australian citizens or permanent residents:

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 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 Queensland from the 4th of December 2012 introduced a fee waiver for student dependents of 457 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.

What the 457 School Fees Cover

For 457 Visa holders, the school fees represent a partial contribution to the education costs of students enrolled in the public school system.

The Education Fee includes most tuition costs and access to student support services.

The fee also includes access to the applicable State studies curriculum across all key learning areas, textbook hire, access to student welfare and counseling services, access to intensive English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support for eligible visa holders and access to TAFE subjects if eligible and within the curriculum requirements.

Each school may request voluntary school contributions and charge additional fees for certain subjects or optional extension activities. Voluntary school contributions apply to all students, including those who are permanent residents.

Although the fee covers a lot, you need to be mindful that the fee will not cover everything.

What the School Fees for 457 visa holders do not cover:

The school fees payable by 457 visa holders do not cover:

  • The cost of school excursions,
  • The provision of school uniforms,
  • Student medical expenses,
  • Subsidised travel under the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS).

So there we go. School Fees for 457 Visa holders can amount to quite a considerable expense. As stated earlier, give consideration to the potential fees payable when negotiating your salary with a potential employer. Some sponsors may be willing to cover these school fees as part of your job package.

Have any further questions about the school fees payable by workers on a 457 visa? Post in our comments below or visit our forums here: 457 Jobs Forum

You can also read about the other costs associated with a 457 Visa by reading our article 457 Visa Costs

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