Policies Regarding Enrolling the Dependents of Students, Exchange Programs and Study Tours
Key School Policies & Information
In this section, you'll find important information about the policies, procedures and fees for enrolling the children (dependents) of mature age students and temporary residents.
Schools Enrolment Policy
Current information on the enrolment of overseas students in our schools can be found in our Schools Enrolments Policy on our government website.
Enrolment of Dependents
Dependants (children under 18) of the holders of the following visa categories can seek enrolment in government schools and, if successful, discounted international tuition fees will be charged:
- 425 family relationship
- 456 business short stay
- 459 sponsored business visitor
- 570 independent ELICOS sector
- 572 Vocational, Education and Training sector
- 573 higher education sector (undergraduate)
- 575 non award foundation studies
- 675 medical treatment (short stay)
- 676 tourist (short stay)
- 679 sponsored family visitor (short stay)
- 685 medical treatment (long stay)
- 686 tourist (long stay)
- 956/976/977 electronic travel authority (visitor and business); and
- Bridging visas
(The holders of the 570, 572, 573 and 575 visas will be international full fee paying students.)
Conditions of Enrolment
Enrolment will be at the discretion of the Principal.
Principals have the right to refuse enrolments if it is considered it would be detrimental to particular programs operating within the school or to class dynamics or because of the imminent closure of the school year or because there is no spare capacity.
The costs of any special requirements, for example, education support services/facilities, English as a Second Language, Speech Pathology, etc will be an additional charge over and above the prescribed fee.
The fee structure is prescribed and there are no exemptions. The fees per student are as follows:
- Pre-Primary - $5,600 per annum
- Primary (Year 1 – 7) - $5,600 per annum
- Lower Secondary (Year 8-10) - $6,500per annum
- Upper Secondary (Year 11 -12) - $7,500 per annum
The fees or part thereof must be paid directly to the school prior to enrolment.
There is a non-refundable period of one month.
There will be no exemptions to the payment of fees.
The fee structure will not change from government school to government school.
The costs of any special requirements will be based on a needs assessment, which will be undertaken by relevant Department specialist staff
Apply to Study
Education and Training International (ETI) is responsible for the co-ordination of enrolments for all overseas fee-paying students. Please complete the Overseas Student School Application Form.
Dependants of Masters by Coursework and Research and PhD Students
Dependant Children of Postgraduate Students
The dependent children of students studying Masters by coursework or research and PhD students (can be full fee paying or sponsored) attending one of the five universities in Western Australia - Curtin Universtity of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, University of Notre Dame or the University of Western Australia - can be admitted into government schools that have spare capacity, free of charge, on the following basis:
Conditions of Enrolment
The postgraduate student must be studying a Masters by coursework or research or PhD course.
The dependant children must be physically in the country at the time of enrolment. Enrolment cannot take place whilst the dependant(s) is offshore.
The postgraduate student must not approach government schools directly regarding enrolment of their dependant children.
The postgraduate student is responsible for meeting the full tuition costs of providing dependant children with English as a Second Language program.
The postgraduate student is responsible for meeting the full costs of providing education support to dependant children with disabilities or learning difficulties.
Process for Enrolment
Once the dependant children are in Western Australia, the postgraduate student must contact the International Education Office of their respective university regarding the enrolment of their children.
The university will complete the necessary documentation outlining the number of dependant children to be placed in a school.
The Department of Education and Training will, following this advice, place the dependant children in a school that has spare capacity, as close as possible to the student's place of residence.
The dependant children can then be enrolled in the identified school.
A change of school will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Should the need arise the process, as outlined above, must again be followed.
Eligibility of Overseas Students to Enrol
Information on the eligibility of overseas students to enrol in a Western Australian government school can be found on the Our Policies website. The key policy of interest regarding overseas enrolments is the: Schools Enrolment Policy Section 4.6.5 contains specific information on postgraduate dependants.
Information for Schools Hosting Study Tours
Students from around the world are welcomed in Western Australian public primary and secondary schools to participate in school visit/ study tours.
In Western Australia, public schools can be contacted directly with study tour requests. For details on how to arrange a visit to a school refer to the Department of Education's policy Short-term school visits/ study tours by overseas students.
Sister school relationships
The Department of Education encourages the development of sister school relationships. These relationships provide opportunities for students, teachers, administrators and the community.
Cultural awareness, new perspectives and interconnectedness are established.
If you are interested in forming a sister school relationship, contact the school directly through the Department of Education's website. You will find detailed and comprehensive information on schools' programs and initiatives.