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457 Visa Holders School Fees – South Australia

The South Australian state government is introducing a fee for families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools in South Australia.

These proposed changes would bring South Australia in line with a number of other Australian states and territories including; Western Australia (WA), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

457 Visa School Fees South Australia

Proposed changes

From January 2017, newly arriving 457 visa holders will be required to contribute to the cost of educating their children in government schools.

This requirement will then extend to all 457 visa holders from 1 January 2018.

The amount payable would be based on family circumstances and payment would be made when a child or young person is enrolled in a government school.

Students would continue to be allowed to enrol in their local schools (subject to availability).

457 Visa Contribution towards School fees

The annual contribution payable by a family in South Australia on a 457 visa for 2017 would be:

  • $5,100 for each primary school student
  • $6,100 for each high school student

This amount would be charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount.

The proposed changes would allow parents to elect to pay the contribution:

  • upfront annually
  • per semester
  • per term, or
  • in regular instalments.
Depending on the number of children and your household income, the contributory fees can be more than thousands of dollars per year.

Some examples of the contributory fee calculation (as provided by the SA Department of Education and Child Development):

457 Visa School Fee Calculations – Examples

Example 1

Tomas commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $67 000 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 contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

Step 1: Primary school rate of $5100 is the full contribution rate

Step 2: Gross family income is $67 000

Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full fees are payable is $77 000

Step 4: As the gross household income is between $57 000 and $77 000, Tomas will not be required to pay the full contribution rate. His income is $10 000 above the $57 000 limit, so the fee payable will be 10 x 5% x $5100 = $2550.

Example 2

Aisha commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $61 200 pa. She is accompanied by her husband, who is working part-time and earning $20 400 p.a., and their two children. Both children attend government schools; one in secondary education, the other in primary education. The contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

Step 1: The full contribution rate is $6100 + ($5100 x 90%) = $10 690

Step 2: Gross family income, (rounded down to the nearest whole $1,000), is $81 000

Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full contribution is payable is $87 000

Step 4: As the gross family income is between $57 000 and $87 000, Aisha will not be required to pay the full contribution fee rate. Her household income is $24 000 above the $57 000 limit, so the fee payable will be 24 x 3.33% x $10 690 = $8 552.

Example 3

Lucinda is a sole parent who commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $200 000. She is accompanied by her three children, each of whom attends government schools; one in secondary education, the other two in the primary level. The contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

Step 1: The full contribution rate is $6100 + (($5100+ $5100) x 90%) = $15 280.

Step 2: Gross family income is $200 000

Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full fees are payable is $97 000

Step 4: As the gross household income is above $97 000, Lucinda will be required to pay the total contribution rate of $15 280.

As such, there is an incentive for 457 visa holders in SA to apply for a permanent visa if it is possible. Once you have a permanent visa you are not required to pay the contributory fee.

Sources:

1.       http://www.internationalstudents.sa.edu.au/primary-school-student

2.       https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/457-visa

Information accurate as of 10 April 2017

Written by Mark

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As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.

Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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