Australia - School fees to apply for 457 visa holders living in South Australia from 2017

Education Minister for South Australia Dr. Susan Close has announced that, effective 1 January 2017, Skilled workers on 457 visa’s earning a household income of more than $77,000 per annum will have to start paying school fees of up to $6100 from next year, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.The children of 457 workers do not currently pay public school fees in South Australia and this move brings South Australia into line with WA, NSW and the ACT.

According to the newspaper, for the first year, the new charge will only apply to people who arrive in South Australia  from January 1, 2017.

From January 2018 it will apply to all 457 visa holders living in South Australia, regardless of when they arrived in Australia. 

The report states that any family supported by a 457 visa worker, with a household income of $77,000 or more, will have to pay $5100 per year for primary school students and $6100 per year for secondary students. 

Explaining her reasons, Dr Close said that it was fair to ask 457 visa holders, who make a temporary home here, to make a modest contribution to the cost of providing public education.

The money will help fund early childhood education, which is one of the most crucial areas of our education system.

It is estimated the new fee requirement will generate more than $11 million in extra revenue for the state over the next four years.

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