Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy establishes the process for exemption from the payment of tuition fees for dependants of temporary residents enrolling in ACT public schools.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. 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.
    2. Depending on the visa subclass, the payment of tuition fees may be required to assist the ACT Government to meet the costs associated with the education of the dependants of temporary residents.
    3. The ACT Government exempts the payment of tuition fees for the majority of dependants of temporary residents studying in ACT public schools.
    4. The International Education Unit in the Education and Training Directorate will establish eligibility for exemption from tuition fees and advise schools prior to the enrolment of the dependant in an ACT public school.
    5. Visa subclasses are subject to change by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border protection. Current information regarding specific visa subclasses and eligibility for the exemption of tuition fees for the dependants of temporary residents is available on the Education and Training Directorate’s Website.
    6. Specific exemptions

    7. Tuition fees are exempt for the following dependants:
      • asylum seekers on bridging visas and those on temporary protection visas
      • diplomats
      • Australian Government scholarship holders
      • Commonwealth assisted students or dependants of students whose tuition fees are fully paid by a publicly funded Australian higher education provider
      • professional academics visiting Australia to observe or participate in established research projects or employment at the invitation of an Australian tertiary institution or research organisation operating in the ACT
      • officers involved in government-to-government exchanges or reciprocities
      • exchange students under organisations that are on the Registration of Secondary Student Exchange Organisations in the ACT as detailed in the Education and Training Directorate endorsed National Guidelines for International Secondary Student Exchange Programs.
    8. Temporary residents employed in an area of identified skill shortage in the ACT as identified by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection, may be eligible for the exemption of tuition fees for their dependants to enrol into an ACT public school.
    9. Appeals

    10. Temporary residents are entitled to appeal a decision to apply a tuition fee payment.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies temporary residents seeking to enrol their dependants in ACT public schools.
  4. Context
    1. ACT public schools embrace cultural diversity and welcome the enrolment of dependants of temporary residents.
    2. In the ACT, a child is of compulsory education age once they reach six years old. For preschool aged children, enrolment in an ACT public preschool is subject to the availability of places. Where there is excess demand for places enrolments may be referred to other preschools within the local area that have capacity.
    3. This policy does not apply to the dependants of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Refugee, Humanitarian and Permanent Protection visa holders are permanent residents of Australia.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. Principal: is responsible for implementing this policy in schools.
    2. The International Education Unit: is responsible for providing advice on eligibility for exemption from tuition fee payment.
    3. The ACT Children & Young People Commissioner (CYPC): in the ACT Human Rights Commission investigates complaints about the provision of services for children and young people and provides advice and recommendations to government and non-government organisations.
    4. Policy Owner: The Director, Student Engagement is responsible for this policy.
  6. Monitoring and Review
    1. The Policy Owner monitors the policy. This includes an annual scan of operation and review. A full review of the policy will be conducted within a three year period.
  7. Contact
    1. For support contact the International Education Unit on (02) 6205 9178 or email ieu@act.gov.au.
  8. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this policy or the policy itself, should be raised with:
  9. References
    1. Definitions
      • Dependants of Temporary Residents: are defined as children under the age of 18, who are accompanying their parents to Australia and listed as dependants on their parents’ principle visa grant.
      • Temporary Residents: are defined by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection as those who hold a temporary visa granted under the Migration Act 1958.
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents:
    4. Related Policies and Information
      • International Fee Paying Students Policy
      • Education Participation (Enrolment and Attendance) Policy

Enrolment of the Dependants of Temporary Residents Policy: EDTR201511 is the unique identifier of this document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, available on the Directorate’s website at http://www.education.act.gov.au/publications_and_policies/school_and_corporate_policies/A-Z.

Policy Identifier:

EDTR201511

Published:

November 2015

Related Policies and Information:

  • International Fee Paying Students Policy
  • Education Participation (Enrolment and Attendance) Policy