INTRODUCTION OF TUITION FEES FOR DEPENDANTS OF 457 VISA HOLDERS
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Why do I have to pay when I did not before?
The Western Australian Government has, to date, provided free public education to dependants of 457 Visa holders although the conditions of this visa give no such entitlement.
From 2015, the Government has decided that all 457 Visa holders will contribute to the cost of educating their children in public schools. In 2013-14, the estimated cost of educating a student is $14 782 in a public primary school and $19 946 in a public secondary school.
Is the fee for each child or is it a family fee?
A tuition fee of $4 000 a year will apply to a family’s first child enrolled in a public school and $2 000 a year each for the second and subsequent children from the same family.
What’s the fee for?
The fee is a contribution to the cost of educating dependants of 457 Visa holders. It does not cover the total cost of educating a student in a public school.
Will the school collect the fee?
No. The fee will be collected by Education and Training International, the State Government agency that is responsible for overseas fee-paying students attending Western Australian public schools.
Will anything else change about the enrolment of my children?
No. The Government will progress Legislative change to ensure that these students will retain all other entitlements including enrolment at your local school, and access to education support and English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) support.
When do I have to start paying?
The tuition fee will come into effect for current and new enrolments from January 2015. Your school principal will keep you informed as further details are available.
Can my employer pay the fee?
There are no restrictions on who pays the fee.
Can I get a fee exemption?
No. The tuition fee applies to all dependants of 457 Visa holders.
What will happen if I am not able to pay this fee?
The Government is currently developing hardship criteria including consideration of a payment plan option.
I used to be on a 457 Visa but I now have permanent residency. Do I have to pay the tuition fee?
No, but you need to notify your school that your visa conditions have changed. You will need to provide appropriate documentary evidence.
I used to be on a 457 Visa but I am now on a Bridging Visa. Do I have to pay the tuition fee?
Yes. If you hold a Bridging Visa, you revert to the conditions and entitlements of your previous substantive visa. If your previous substantive visa was a 457, then you need to pay the tuition fee.
If I am no longer eligible to pay the fee but have already done so, do I get a refund?
Yes. This will be arranged through Education and Training International.
Where can I get more information?
Your school principal is the best person to contact as they will have the latest information and be familiar with your particular circumstances.