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Student fees for subclass 457 and 482 visa holders

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 have to pay the fee from January 2019. See the list of country schools (PDF 213KB) to find out if you need to pay it.

No fees apply for students on other temporary work visas.

The amount payable is based on family circumstances. Students can enrol in their local schools (subject to availability). School enrolments for families on 457 and 482 visa has more information about enrolling.

Temporary resident student fees

The temporary resident student fee is set each year and is based on the annual combined family income you will earn while working in Australia. 

The maximum annual fee payable by a family in Adelaide on a 457 and 482 visa for 2021 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 have a 10% discount. For families with 4 or more children, only the 3 youngest children are charged. The eldest child is charged the full fee. All children must be included in your registration.

You can pay the fee either:

  • up-front annually via BPay or, BPoint
  • in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term instalments via BPay, BPoint or direct debit.

Paying the temporary resident student fee page has more information about payment options.

Materials and service charges

A separate materials and service charge applies to all students enrolled in government schools in South Australia. The amount charged varies a lot between schools. The charge will be collected by the school that each student attends.

Preschool fees

No separate fees will be charged for children attending preschool. Existing fees charged by individual preschools will continue to apply.

How income affects the contribution

A fee will only be charged if the primary holder of the 457 or 482 visa and their partner earn a combined gross (total pre-tax) income of more than $61,000 per year. Gross income includes salary sacrifice amounts and overtime payments.

Means testing

A means-test is used so that a family will only pay the full rate when income reaches a certain threshold. 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. 

Income thresholds at which full rates apply:

  • families with 1 child: $81,000
  • families with 2 children: $96,000
  • families with 3 or more children: $111,000.

No fee applies for families with income below $61,000.

Calculating your temporary resident student fee

The easiest way to work out your temporary resident student fee is to use our online student fee calculator.

If you don't want to use the calculator, follow these steps:

Step 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.

Step 2: work out your anticipated annual gross family income (including salary sacrifice and overtime payments) rounded down to the nearest whole $1000.

Step 3: work out which threshold applies for your family based on the number of children attending government schools.

Step 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 your family income is more than $61,000 but less than the threshold calculated at step 3, you'll need to pay a percentage of the full fee calculated at step 1.

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.

Temporary resident student fee examples

Example 1

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

Example 2

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, one 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.

Example 3

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.

Contact

Temporary resident student fee administration

Phone: (08) 8226 7598
Email: Education.TempVisaStudents [at] sa.gov.au