The cost of public education for 482 TSS Visa Holders

If your family includes school age children, it is vital to understand the additional costs of public education for school age children in Australia that you may have to pay.


These vary state by state (or territory by territory, as the case may be) and as such it is essential to consider this if you are offered a position and applying for a 482 visa as this has an impact on your remuneration package; or if you are already on a 482 or 457 visa, as you may gain a considerable saving by applying for permanent residence.


Primary school in Australia starts typically at five years of age being Year 1 and finishes at Year 12. Secondary school generally begins at Year 7 (although South Australia it starts in Year 8), and the school year split into two semesters with two terms in each.


Semester 1 starts at the end of January and ends at the end of June/beginning of July, while Semester 2 starts typically in July and finishes in December.
There usually are two-week breaks between terms with a more extended Summer Holiday at the end of the school year.

 

For school term dates in Australia  please see https://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/special-dates-and-events/school-term-dates

 

A brief summary of education costs (per student) is found in the table below:- 

 Annual Education Costs as at January 2020

     

 

State/Territory

Primary School

Secondary School

Notes:-

ACT

$11,100

$14,500

May be waived under certain circumstances

(Year 11/12 is $16,200)

New South Wales

$5,600

$6,400

May be waived under certain circumstances

Northern Territory

$0

$0

 

Queensland

$0

$0

 

Tasmania

$7,500

$7,500

 

South Australia

$5,400

$6,500

Greater Adelaide only

Victoria

$0

$0

 

Western Australia

$4,000

$4,000

Unless family income is less than $75,000 per year otherwise $0

             

 

Where you have multiple children, the state or territory may accept an application to reduce or waive school fees for siblings.


Please note that parents will be responsible for paying for uniforms, resources and other additional costs.

 

For more and up to date details please look at the following websites for each state or territory education department.

ACT    https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/international_students/temporary_residents_and_dependants

New South Wales http://www.deinternational.nsw.edu.au/study-options/study-programs/temporary-residents

Northern Territory https://nt.gov.au/learning/international-education/study-at-an-nt-government-school/school-fees-for-international-students

Queensland https://education.qld.gov.au/parents-and-carers/school-information/school-operations/state-school-fees

Tasmania  https://www.education.tas.gov.au/students/international-students/

South Australia https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parenting-and-child-care/your-childs-education/457-visa-holders/public-education-student-contribution-fee-457-visa-holders

Victoria https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/live/education-and-childcare/high-schools

Western Australia https://www.education.wa.edu.au/how-to-enrol-a-step-by-step-guide