School fees waived for dependants of 457/TSS visa holders

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In an effort to attract skilled migrants, the South Australian Government is waiving Student fees for dependants of Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 TSS visas attending government schools.

In a recent announcement, the Minister for Education, Hon John Gardner MP confirmed that the student contribution fee for dependants of the Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 TSS visa will be waived, for students attending government schools. The exemption will apply to eligible students attending schools in regional areas and is effective from the 2019 school year.

Skilled workers have had to pay a student contribution fee in the past. In 2019, fees can be up to $5,300 per primary school student and $6,400 per high school student.

The move is expected to attract foreign workers to settle or work in South Australia.

Education Minister John Gardner said the Government was focused on making living and working in regional South Australia more attractive to migrants. “Waiving this fee for children of migrant families attending a regional public school is an incentive for more foreign workers to settle or work in regional South Australia and contribute to the state’s growing economy.”

“We expect this move to grow business activity and employment in our regions, and to contribute to the vibrancy of regional schools and communities.”

This will be a welcome change for South Australian employers and give a competitive edge over Eastern states to help attrach top talent into local businesses.

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