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A fee applies for families on 457 and 482 visas whose children attend government schools in the greater Adelaide region. Students attending some schools in country areas of South Australia will not be liable for the fee from January 2019. Refer to the list of country 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 Adelaide on a 457 and 482 visa for 2020 is:
- $5400 for each primary school student
- $6500 for each high school student.
This amount is charged for the eldest child in a family. Fees for all siblings will have a 10% discount. Fees apply for only the 3 youngest in families with 4 or more children enrolled.
Parents can choose to pay the student fee upfront annually or in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term instalments. The fee can be paid by 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 only be charged if the holder of the 457 or 482 visa earns a gross (total pre-tax) income of more than $61,000 per year. Gross income includes salary sacrifice amounts and overtime payments.
A means-test is used so that a family with 1 child at school will not pay the full rate until the gross family income reaches $81,000. The threshold at which maximum fees are payable is increased by $15,000 for each additional child, to a maximum of 3 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 $111,000 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:
- $5400 for each government primary school aged student
- $6500 for each government high school aged student.
Take into account the 10% discount for the 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 $81,000.
- For 2 children from the same family this is $96,000.
- For 3 or more children from the same family this is $111,000.
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 $61,000, 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 each additional $1000 of income above $61,000 the percentage payable increases by:
- 5% for families with 1 child
- 2.857% for families with 2 children
- 2% for families with 3 or more children.
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 $61,000 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 $71,000 per year. He is accompanied by his wife, who is not in paid work, and their 8-year-old daughter, who is enrolled at the local government primary school. His fee payable is calculated as:
Step 1: Primary school rate of $5400 is the full fee rate.
Step 2: Gross family income is $71,000.
Step 3: Relevant family income threshold at which full fees are payable is $81,000.
Step 4: As the gross family income is between $61,000 and $81,000, Tomas does not need to pay the full fee rate. His income is $10,000 above the $61,000 limit, so the fee payable is 10 x 5% x $5400 = $2700
Aisha commences work under a 482 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $62,200 per year. She is accompanied by her husband, who is working part-time earning $21,400 per year, and their 2 children. Both children attend government schools, 1 in secondary school, the other in primary school. The fee payable is calculated as:
Step 1: The full fee rate is $6500 + ($5400 x 90%) = $11,360.
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 $96,000.
Step 4: As the gross family income is between $61,000 and $96,000, Aisha is not required to pay the full fee rate. Her family income is $22,000 above the $61,000 limit. The fee payable is 22 x 2.857% x $11,360 = $7140.22.
Lucinda is a sole parent who starts work under a 482 visa arrangement, and will be paid a gross income of $200,000. She is accompanied by her 3 children who all attend government schools, 1 in secondary school, the other 2 in primary school. The fee payable is calculated as:
Step 1: The full fee rate is $6500 + (($5400+ $5400) x 90%) = $16,220.
Step 2: Gross family income is $200,000.
Step 3: Relevant family income threshold at which full fees are payable is $111,000.
Step 4: As the gross family income is above $111,000, Lucinda will be required to pay the full fee rate of $16,220.
Temporary resident student fee administration
Phone: (08) 8226 7598
Email: Education.TempVisaStudents [at] sa.gov.au