International Fee Paying Students Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy provides a framework for action when enrolling international fee paying students in ACT public schools.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. The Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) promotes and supports study in ACT public schools by international visitors as a way of promoting cultural awareness, knowledge and appreciation of wider international issues.
    2. International fee paying students enrolled in ACT public schools must adhere to the conditions of their student visa while studying in Australia.
    3. Parents of international fee paying students enrolled in ACT public schools must adhere to the conditions identified in the Application for Enrolment in Mainstream Schooling provided by the Directorate.
    4. The Directorate will refund 100% of the tuition fee in the following circumstances:
      • the international fee paying student’s application for a student visa is unsuccessful
      • the course offered by the Directorate in which the international fee paying student has enrolled:
        • does not start on the agreed starting date as stated in the Confirmation of Enrolment
        • stops after it has commenced but before it is completed
        • is not provided in full because the Directorate as a CRICOS provider has had a sanction imposed by the Australian Department of Education or the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council
    5. Students may apply to transfer to another school (public or non-government).
    6. International fee paying students studying in Australia must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their stay in Australia. This is a condition of their student visa.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies whenever international fee paying students enrol in ACT public schools.
  4. Context
    1. Canberra promotes itself as a study destination for international visitors.
    2. The Directorate aims to ensure all students gain an understanding of the international community and their place within it. This supports the development of an understanding of the languages and cultures of other societies.
    3. ACT public schools deliver fully integrated programs in which Australian and international fee paying students are able to share their values and cultural norms.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. The principal: is responsible for implementing this policy in schools.
    2. The Directorate: provides the emotional, social and practical support that is necessary for a successful transition into the ACT education system. Each school appoints an International Private Student (IPS) Coordinator to provide pastoral care to international fee paying students, monitor their attendance and academic progress.
    3. 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 6764 or email
  8. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this policy or the policy itself, should be raised with:
  9. References
    1. Definitions
      • International Fee Paying Student: A student who is not an Australian citizen and does not have Australian permanent residency status, but holds a 571 student visa and is required to pay full tuition fees, as defined by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents
      • International Fee Paying Students Procedures
      • School Management Manual: Module 9 International Education
    4. Related Policies and Information
      • Enrolment in ACT Public Schools (preschool - Year 12)

International Fee Paying Students Policy: IFPS201206 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

Policy Identifier: IFPS201206

Published: January 2016

Related Policies and Information:

  • Enrolment in ACT Public Schools (preschool - Year 12)