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Temporary Residents and Dependents


Temporary Residents and Dependants (other than Refugee, Humanitarian, Protection and Safe Haven visa holders)

The Education Directorate welcomes the dependants of temporary residents to enrol in ACT public schools from Preschool through to Year 12, noting that Preschool is not within the mandatory years of schooling and placement is subject to availability. Priority Enrolment Areas in the ACT apply.

Temporary residents should maintain adequate schooling arrangements for their dependants and enrolment in an ACT public school is generally accepted for the length of the visa. Temporary residents submit their documentation to the International Education Unit prior to being able to complete online enrolment. The exceptions are Diplomats (including holders of Special Purpose visas under the Status of Forces Agreement) and New Zealand citizens holding a NZ passport who, similar to Australian permanent residents, enrol directly at schools.

Some visa classifications are subject to tuition fees for the enrolment of dependants of temporary residents and details are in the chart below.

Applicants on a Bridging visa are assessed against their previous visa subclass and tuition fees (if liable) are exempt once the permanent visa is granted and evidence provided, noting that there may be entitlement to a partial refund. All permanent visas give the holder permanent residency and, as such, access to all Australian government services regardless of whether they arrive on a Refugee, Humanitarian, Protection, Skilled, Family or Business visa.

Visitor visa holders are required to pay the application fee and short term tuition fees for school enrolment, with an enrolment period of 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) weeks.

Visa Sub Class and Fee Exemption Eligibility

Last Updated 1 November 2019

*visas now closed to new applications

Visa Sub Class

Status

Visa Sub Class Title

Evidence Required

Bridging visa holders are assessed on the visa subclass bridging from (not to), fees may be payable

010

 

Bridging Visa A

 

020

 

Bridging Visa B

 

030

 

Bridging Visa C

 

040

 

Bridging Visa D (prospective applicant)

 

041

 

Bridging Visa D (non-applicant)

 

050

 

Bridging Visa E

 

051

 

Bridging Visa E (protection visa applicant onshore)

 
Permanent visa holders and diplomats enrol directly at the school, no tuition fees payable

100

Permanent

Partner (outside Australia)

 

101

Migrant

Child

 

102

Migrant

Adoption

 

103

Migrant

Parent

 

114

Migrant

Aged dependent relative

 

115

Migrant

Remaining Relative

 

116

Migrant

Carer

 

117

Migrant

Orphan Relative

 

118

Migrant

Designated Parent

 

124

Migrant

Distinguished Talent

 

132

Migrant

Business Talent

 

143

Migrant

Contributory Parent

 

151

Migrant

Former Resident

 

155

Residence

Resident Return

 

157

Permanent

Resident Return

 

186

Permanent

Employer Nomination Scheme

 

187

Permanent

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

 

189

Permanent

Skilled Independent

 

190

Permanent

Skilled - Nominated

 

200

Permanent

Refugee

 

201

Permanent

In-Country Special Humanitarian

 

202

Permanent

Global Special Humanitarian

 

203

Permanent

Emergency Rescue

 

204

Permanent

Woman at Risk

 

801

Permanent

Partner Visa

 

802

Residence

Child Visa

 

804

Residence

Aged Parent Visa

 

808

Residence

Confirmatory Visa

 

835

Residence

Remaining Relative

 

836

Residence

Carer Visa

 

837

Residence

Orphan Relative

 

838

Residence

Aged dependent relative

 

852

Residence

Confirmatory Visa

 

858

Residence

Distinguished Talent

 

864

Residence

Contributory Aged Parent

 

866

Refugee

Protection

 

887

Residence

Skilled - Regional

 

888

Permanent

Business Innovation and Investment

 

890

Residence

Business Owner

 

891

Residence

Investor

 

892

Residence

State / Territory Sponsored Business Owner

 

893

Residence

State / Territory Sponsored Investor

 

995

Temporary

Diplomatic

 

998

Permanent

Australian Declaratory

 
Temporary visa holders eligible for tuition fees exemption on presentation of applicable supporting documents
(as specified below)

300

Temporary

Prospective Marriage

Passport, visas (fee paying until 309 / 820 visa granted)

309

Temporary

Partner - outside Australia

Evidence of Australian citizenship / permanent residency of partner

403

Temporary

International Relations

Copy of Commonwealth or ACT Government employment (including start and end dates)

407

Temporary

Training Visa

Letter of Offer from an ACT based Australian tertiary institution or copy of Commonwealth or ACT Government employment (including start and end dates)

408

Temporary

Temporary Activity Visa

Letter of Offer from an ACT based Australian tertiary institution or registered Australian research facility or copy of Commonwealth or ACT Government employment (including start and end dates); note that research activity to be undertaken must be outlined

444

Temporary

Special Category (NZ Citizen)

Evidence of New Zealand citizenship

445

Temporary

Dependent Child

Evidence of Australian citizenship / permanent residency of sponsoring partner / parent

482

Temporary

Temporary Skill Shortage (former 457)

Copy of employment contract in ACT (including start and end dates), noting contract must align with approved occupation as stated in visa grant notification and that only occupations on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List or Regional Occupations List are fee exempt eligible (check at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list)

489

Provisional

Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored

Copy of employment contract in ACT (including start and end dates), noting contract must align with the approved occupation as stated in visa grant notification and that only occupations on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List or Regional Occupations List are fee exempt eligible (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list)

500

Temporary

Higher Education Sector

Letter of Offer from an ACT based tertiary institution for studies in ACT, copy of Confirmation of Enrolment, evidence of scholarship from Australian Government or a publicly funded Australian Higher Education Provider; only those whose tuition fees are paid in full are eligible for exemption

500

Temporary

Postgraduate Research Sector

Letter of Offer from an ACT based tertiary institution outlining research being undertaken, copy of Confirmation of Enrolment, evidence of scholarship from Australian Government or a registered tertiary institution for studies based in ACT; only those undertaking postgraduate studies by research are eligible for exemption (unless fees paid in full by Australian Government or a publicly funded Australian higher education provider)

500

Temporary

Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector

Letter of Offer from an ACT based tertiary institution, copy of Confirmation of Enrolment, evidence of Australian Government scholarship

785

Temporary

Temporary Protection Visa

 

790

Temporary

Safe Haven Enterprise

 

820

Temporary

Partner

Evidence of Australian citizenship / permanent residency of sponsoring partner

945

Temporary

Special Purpose Visa (includes SOFA)

Letter of Assignment confirming ACT posting (enrol online as Diplomatic

Temporary visa holders not eligible for exemption, tuition fees payable in advance

159

Temporary

Provisional Resident Return

 

173

Temporary

Contributory Parent

 

188

Provisional

Business Innovation and Investment visa

 

417

Temporary

Working Holiday Visa

 

461

Temporary

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship

 

462

Temporary

Work and Holiday

 

476

Temporary

Skilled - Recognized Graduate

 

485

Temporary

Skilled - Graduate

 

500

Temporary

Schools Sector

 

500

Temporary

Non-Award Sector

 

500

Temporary

Independent ELICOS Sector

 

500

Temporary

Vocational Education and Training

Note that AusAid scholarships are fee exempt

600

Temporary

Visitor Visa

Maximum 10 weeks study

601

Temporary

Electronic Travel Authority

Maximum 10 weeks study

602

Temporary

Medical Treatment

ACT Chief Minister exemption

651

Temporary

e-Visitor

Maximum 10 weeks study

Temporary visa holders not eligible to enrol in an ACT public school due to visa condition, no study allowed

400

Temporary

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)

 

590

Temporary

Student Guardian Visa

 

771

Temporary

Transit Visa

 

884

Temporary

Contributory Aged Parent - temporary

 

942

Temporary

Crew Travel Authority

 

988

Temporary

Maritime Crew

 

Temporary residents must pay the application fee and international student tuition fee for their dependents in accordance with the pre-entry, financial assessment, procedures and conditions of the visa determined as by the Department of Home Affairs.

Please download and complete the forms and email to: ieu@act.gov.au

Fee Waivers

The Education Directorate charges tuition fees to holders of temporary visas on a cost recovery basis. In cases of demonstrated financial hardship or a significant change in circumstances after a visa has been granted the Minister, or delegate, may agree to waive fees for a period of time to be decided on a case by case basis. Requests for consideration should be emailed to ieu@act.gov.au .

Fee Exemptions

The Education Directorate welcomes the dependants of temporary residents to enrol in ACT government schools. Certain visa categories are fee exempt and no fees are payable for the dependants of temporary residents in these categories to attend schooling. These include visa classes on the Regional Occupational List on the same basis as for those on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List, noting that both lists are dynamic and regularly updated. In addition to an annual review, the Minister, or delegate, may from time to time add or remove visa categories to the exemption list. The primary visa applicant and their dependant(s) wishing to enrol must both be studying / working (where applicable) and residing in the ACT to be considered for fee exemption. Requests for fee exemption should be emailed to ieu@act.gov.au and included the following supporting documentation:

Refund Procedures

In the event that a student withdraws from an ACT public school or is no longer liable to pay fees due to visa subclass changes, there may be an entitlement to a refund.

All applications for a refund of tuition fees must be in writing. Please address all refund advice to:

ACT Government Education Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

The Directorate will refund the balance of fees owing within 4 weeks after receiving a written claim from the applicant or the person who paid tuition fees on behalf of any applicant under 18 years old.

For continuing students who decide not to complete a course in which they have enrolled, a refund will depend on when advice of withdrawal from the course is received:

Refunds will be reimbursed in Australian dollars in the form of Electronic Funds Transfer.

Application for Refund Request Form world file type logo (335 kb)

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)

This interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairs, is designed to assist people who do not speak English as their first language and require support in liaising with government agencies in particular.

Translating and Interpreting Service provides access to interpreters with more than 160 languages and dialects available with immediate phone interpretation services. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact Us

International Education Unit
ACT Government Education Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2620 57264
Email: ieu@act.gov.au
Website: www.education.act.gov.au
CRICOS Registration Number: 00643J