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457 visa holders to pay school fees from 2015

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The families of 457 visa holders in WA will have to pay fees to send their children to a Government school from 2015, with reduced fees for second and subsequent children.

Premier Colin Barnett said today that the measures requiring 457 visa holders to contribute to the cost of the children’s education at a State school – as outlined in the 2013-14 State Budget – would be applied from 2015, instead of 2014.

“Anyone who is already living here on a 457 visa or who has already lodged a visa application to come here soon will not have to pay unexpected fees for schooling next year,” Mr Barnett said.

“But we are giving plenty of notice that the fees will apply from the year after next, giving people time to make the necessary arrangements to pay the fees.”

The Premier said for 2015 a tuition fee of $4,000 per annum ($1,000 per term) would apply to a family’s first child enrolled in the State education system and $2,000 each for second and subsequent children from the same family.

For more information, please see the full press release here


Source: Migration Institute of Australia