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Australian School Fees

If you and your family are planning on immigrating to Australia you must have been thinking about enrolling them in an Australian school. Australian schools have certain enrolment criteria that must be met so it would be a good idea to visit the websites of a few schools in the area you plan on living to prepare you and your child for what is expected.

Australian School Fees

We came across the following summary of the fee arrangements for public schools in each of Australia’s states and territories.



While most students holding temporary resident visas are required to pay fees to attend a Queensland state school. The Department of Education, Training and Employment offers fee exemptions for eligible dependent students of temporary visa holders whose parents are studying in Queensland tertiary institutions.

New South Wales

Schools fees apply to most dependants of temporary residents in New South Wales but there are some exceptions. In NSW most temporary resident students pay the temporary resident administration fee and education fee to enrol in a government school. The fee is generally calculated using the visa subclass held by the student.


From 1 January 2016, the children of Higher Degree by Research (Masters and Doctoral) international students studying in Canberra are eligible to have their fees waived in ACT Government schools, and holders of some other temporary visas are also eligible to apply for a fee‐waiver for school aged dependants.

Education in ACT public schools is accessible and free of charge to all students, with the exception of the dependants of temporary residents on certain visa subclasses in the 100, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800 and 900 visa subclass series listed in the table below.

You can visit the ACT Government Education and Training Directorate website for full details on school fees, including eligibility and application criteria.

South Australia

Information on school fees for dependants of international students can be found at the SA Government International Students website. The South Australian Government provides a fee waiver for dependants of Higher Degree by Research students studying at South Australian Universities who meet the necessary criteria.

The High School Graduate Program’s tuition fee is around AUD $ 11200. Migrant students must also pay an Overseas Student Health Cover of AUD $ 605, an admin fee of AUD $ 600 per year and an annual Support Service fee of AUD $ 300


Tuition fees are the same for all Victorian Government schools. There are discounts for students who have a parent studying at a Victorian tertiary institute. More details can be found at on the StudyVIC website.

Most states have some form of basic requirements when it comes to the student’s academic achievements. In Victoria Students must have gained a grade of 60% or higher across all subjects completed in the previous two years.


Tasmania has a very welcoming attitude towards migrant children and has many support structures in place to assist students. Most dependent students are required to pay tuition fees to attend a Tasmanian Government School. You will find more information on the Tasmania Department of Education website.

Western Australia

In Western Australia children of international higher degree students are able to access subsidized schooling in government schools. Eligible children can access government schooling at the same fee levels applied to local students.

Northern Territory


Dependants of Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training students are treated as international students and pay full fees. The only exceptions are dependants of Australian Aid students and some PhD home country scholarship students as agreed with Charles Darwin University. More details are available on the NT Department of Education website (this website was not fully functional at the time of our research).

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