School fees for dependent subclass 482 visa holders

Written by : Mohammadsleh Hojjati                                                               SPMP Graduate from June 2019 group

The subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. Applicants for a TSS visa may include dependent family members in their application. Family member have the below rights:

  • work in Australia
  • study (no government assistance)
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as they want while the visa is valid

The schooling fees vary depending on the state or territory the subclass 482 visa holders reside in.


Fees for 2019

Fees for 2020 & 2021


New South Wales

Administration fee :$110

Primary school (years KG-6): $5,200

Junior high school (years 7-10):$5,200

Senior high school (years 11-12): $6,200

Primary school (years KG-6): $5,600

Junior high school (years 7-10): $5,600

Senior high school (years 11-12): $6,400



No applicable fees

No applicable fees




No applicable fees

No applicable fees


Western Australia

$4,000 per annum for all students.

You can also apply to have your tuition fee reduced or waived. Read more below.



South Australia

The maximum annual fee payable by a family is:

$5300 for each primary school student

$6400 for each high school student.


This amount is charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount.Fees apply for only the three youngest in families with four or more children enrolled.

Students attending some schools in regional South Australia will not be liable for the fee from January 2019.


Read more about payment options below.




Application fee - $265

Preschool $4.200

Years K-6 $11,100

Years 7-10 $14,500

Years 11-12 $16,200 



No applicable fees




Fee exempt but need to complete a Temporary Resident Student Application Form



NSW Fee exemptions

To learn more about payment methods and fee exemptions read the following factsheet:


Western Australia – Fee Waiver

You can apply to have your tuition fee reduced or waived. An application for a fee waiver must be made within the year that the fee is incurred.

There are two different kinds of financial hardship applications.

  • If your combined gross family income is $75 000 or less a year, you are eligible to apply for a fee waiver. The waiver is not ongoing. You will need to apply each year and produce evidence to support your application.
  • If there are unforeseen changes to your financial circumstances which have impacted your ability to pay the fee you are eligible to apply for a fee waiver within six months of the event. These unforeseen changes include illness, unemployment, and change of employment conditions, family breakdown and death.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis. A fee waiver is only for the period where you do not have the ability to pay the tuition fee; it is not ongoing. You will need to provide evidence to support your application.

You can select to pay the tuition fee upfront or in instalments (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) via direct debit.

FAQs are available on:


Concessions and fee waivers for Southern Australia (SA):

Parents can elect to pay the student fee upfront annually or in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term instalments.

A fee will not be charged unless the holder of the 482 visa earns a gross income of more than $60,000 pa. Gross income includes salary sacrifice amounts and overtime payments.

You can gain more information on:


School fees for 482 visa holders in Australian Capital Territory (ACT):

For visa holders in Subclass 457 - Business (Long Stay) and Subclass 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage, only the occupations listed on the Department of Home Affairs Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are eligible for fee exemption.


Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This article provides general information as available on 23 September 2019, which may or may not be complete or current at the time of reading.


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