Hardship provisions announced for families on 457 Visas in Western Australia

  • Families earning $75,000 a year or less will not pay the public school tuition fees
  • Illness and unemployment considered for partial or fully waived fees
  • $4,000 per annum per family, regardless of how many children enrolled in public schools

The WA State Government today announced public school tuition fees for families on 457 Visas

would take into account lower incomes and other hardships.

Education Minister Peter Collier said while families on 457 Visas needed to contribute to the

costs of educating their children in Western Australian public schools, fees must be reasonable.

“Families will pay $4,000 per annum but only once their gross household income passes

$75,000. This is regardless of how many children they have in public schools,” Mr Collier said.

The Minister said exceptional circumstances would also be considered under financial hardship

provisions.

“Full or partial fee waivers will be considered, based on evidence of unforeseen changes in a

family’s circumstances such as illness, unemployment, family breakdown and death.”

Regulations will also ensure dependants of 457 Visa holders retain entitlements to enrol at local

schools.

Families will have the option of paying the tuition fee upfront or in instalments.

These hardship provisions are in addition to the reduced fee of $4,000 per annum per family

announced as part of the 2014-15 State Budget.

Fact File

  • The fee is managed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s
  • Education and Training International (ETI)
  • Families will receive invoices for the 2015 tuition fee at the start of the 2015 school year
  • Applications for financial hardship provisions will be managed by ETI
  • For more information, visit http://www.eti.wa.edu.au