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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

Status

Visa Sub Class Title

Evidence Required

Bridging visa holders are assessed based on their most recent visa subclass granted so tuition fees may be payable

010

 

Bridging A

Same eligibility as original visa

020

 

Bridging B

Same eligibility as original visa

030

 

Bridging C

Same eligibility as original visa

040

 

Bridging D (prospective applicant)

Same eligibility as original visa

041

 

Bridging D (non-applicant)

Same eligibility as original visa

050

 

Bridging E

Same eligibility as original visa

051

 

Bridging E (protection visa applicant) onshore

Same eligibility as original visa

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

 

802

Residence

Child

 

804

Residence

Aged Parent

 

808

Residence

Confirmatory

 

835

Residence

Remaining Relative

 

836

Residence

Carer

 

837

Residence

Orphan Relative

 

838

Residence

Aged Dependent Relative

 

852

Residence

Confirmatory

 

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 evidence

300

Temporary

Prospective Marriage

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

309

Temporary

Partner - outside Australia

Passports, visa

403

Temporary

International Relations

Passports, visa, university or government evidence

407

Temporary

Training Visa

Passports, visa, university or government evidence

408

Temporary

Temporary Activity Visa

Evidence of research activities

444

Temporary

Special Category (NZ Citizen)

Evidence of NZ Citizenship

445

Temporary

Dependent Child

Passport, visa, Citizenship

482

Temporary

Temporary Skill Shortage (former 457)

Passport, visa, ACT contract, MLTSSL

489

Provisional

Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored

Passport, visa, ACT contract, MLTSSL

500

Temporary

Higher Education Sector

Passports, visa, scholarship, CoE (research only)

500

Temporary

Postgraduate Research Sector

Passports, visa, CoE (research only)

500

Temporary

Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector

Passports, visa, offer letter, Australian Scholarship

785

Temporary

Temporary Protection Visa

Visa, address, ACT Access Card or ImmiCard

790

Temporary

Safe Haven Enterprise

Visa, address, ACT Access Card or ImmiCard

820

Temporary

Partner

Passports, visa, Australian Citzenship

945

Temporary

Special Purpose Visa (includes SOFA)

Passport, visa, letter of posting in ACT
(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

 

417

Temporary

Working Holiday

 

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

AusAid Scholarships exemption

600

Temporary

Visitor

Maxiumum 10 weeks study

601

Temporary

Electronic Travel Authority

Maxiumum 10 weeks study

602

Temporary

Medical Treatment

ACT Chief Minister exemption

651

Temporary

e-Visitor

Maxiumum 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

 

*visas now closed to new applications

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

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