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A fee applies for families on 457 and 482 visas whose children attend government schools in South Australia. However, students attending some schools in regional South Australia will not be liable for the fee from January 2019. You can see the list of regional schools (PDF 213KB).
The amount payable is based on family circumstances and students can enrol in their local schools (subject to availability). Our 457 and 482 enrolments page has more information about enrolling for families on 457 and 482 visas.
The maximum annual fee payable by a family in South Australia on a 457 and 482 visa for 2019 is:
- $5300 for each primary school student
- $6400 for each high school student.
This amount is charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount. Fees apply for only the three youngest in families with four or more children enrolled.
Parents can elect to pay the student fee upfront annually or in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term instalments via BPay, BPoint or direct debit.
Our paying the temporary resident student fee page has more information about calculating fees and how to pay.
Materials and service charges
A separate materials and service charge applies to all students enrolled in government schools, with the amount charged varying considerably between schools. This charge will continue to be collected by the school that each student attends.
No separate fees will be charged for children attending preschool, although existing fees charged by individual preschools will continue to apply.
A fee will not be charged unless the holder of the 457 or 482 visa earns a gross income of more than $60,000 pa. Gross income includes salary sacrifice amounts and overtime payments.
A means-test is used, so that a family with one child at school will not pay the full rate until the gross family income reaches $80,000. The threshold at which maximum fees are payable is increased by $15,000 for each additional child, to a maximum of three children, enrolled at a government school.
For example, a family with 3 or more school aged children would not pay full fees unless gross family income is $110,000 per year or more.
Calculating your temporary resident student fee
The easiest way to work out your temporary resident student fee is to use our online calculator.
You can calculate your fee by following these steps:
1. Calculate the full fees payable. This will be:
- $5300 for each government primary school aged student
- $6400 for each government high school aged student
Take into account the 10% discount available for second and third children from the same family.
2. Figure out your anticipated annual gross family income (including salary sacrifice and overtime payments) rounded down to the nearest whole $1000.
3. Figure out which threshold applies – for which the full rate is payable – based on the number of children attending government schools.
- For 1 child this is $80,000.
- For 2 children from the same family this is $95,000.
- For 3 or more children from the same family this is $110,000.
4. Where the family income calculated at step 2 exceeds the threshold calculated at step 3, the full fee calculated at step 1 will apply.
Percentages of full fees
Where the family income is more than $60,000, but less than the threshold calculated at step 3, a percentage of the full fee calculated at step 1 is payable.
The relevant percentage will depend on the number of children attending a government school.
For one child, the percentage payable increases by 5% for each additional $1000 of income above $60,000. For families with two children, the percentage payable increases by 2.86%, and for families with three or more children the percentage payable increases by 2%, for each additional $1,000 of income above $60,000.
Pro-rating of fees
For children who enrol during the course of a year, families will be invoiced for the number of school weeks remaining in that year.
Where the family income calculated at step 2 is $60,000 or less, no fee is payable.
A full or partial waiver of fees for exceptional cases of hardship will be available.
If you are on a 457 or 482 visa and become a permanent resident you will no longer have to pay the temporary resident student fee. You must provide evidence to the department so that your new residency status can be registered and your fees adjusted accordingly.
Tomas commences work under a 482 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $70,000 pa. He is accompanied by his wife, who is not in paid work, and their eight-year-old daughter, who is enrolled at the local government primary school. His fee payable is calculated as follows:
Step 1: Primary school rate of $5300 is the full fee rate
Step 2: Gross family income is $70,000
Step 3: Relevant family income threshold at which full fees are payable is $80,000
Step 4: As the gross family income is between $60,000 and $80,000, Tomas is not required to pay the full fee rate. His income is $10,000 above the $60,000 limit, so the fee payable is 10 x 5% x $5300 = $2650
Aisha commences work under a 482 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $62,200 pa. She is accompanied by her husband, who is working part time and earning $21,400 p.a., and their two children. Both children attend government schools; one in secondary school, the other in primary school. The fee payable is calculated as follows:
Step 1: The full fee rate is $6400 + ($5300 x 90%) = $11,170
Step 2: Gross family income, (rounded down to the nearest whole $1000), is $83,000
Step 3: Relevant family income threshold at which full fee is payable is $95,000
Step 4: As the gross family income is between $60,000 and $95,000, Aisha is not required to pay the full fee rate. Her family income is $23,000 above the $60,000 limit, so the fee payable is 25 x 3 1/3 % x $11,170 = $7340
Lucinda is a sole parent who commences work under a 482 visa arrangement, and will be paid a gross income of $200,000. She is accompanied by her three children, each of whom attend government schools; one in secondary school, the other two in primary school. The fee payable is calculated as follows:
Step 1: The full fee rate is $6400 + (($5300+ $5300) x 90%) = $15,940
Step 2: Gross family income is $200,000
Step 3: Relevant family income threshold at which full fees are payable is $110,000
Step 4: As the gross family income is above $110,000, Lucinda will be required to pay the full fee rate of $15,940.
Temporary resident student fee administration
Phone: (08) 8226 7598
Email: Education.TempVisaStudents [at] sa.gov.au