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We are temporarily in Perth for 6 months and hubby is on visa 407. Has anyone applied for primary school here? Do we need to pay fees? I read online and from my understanding, visa 407 is considered as “overseas paying students”  but the local school says it’s free. Don’t want to be presented with a bill of $13000 at the end! Thank you!

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Ahh ok thank you! Heard from someone with 3 children being presented at $30k bill! I was forwarded the table below eeeek

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The $4000 fee is for 457 visa holders.  

That table comes from a document you can download from the following URL :

http://det.wa.edu.au/policies/detcms/policy-planning-and-accountability/policies-framework/guidelines/enrolment-of-students-from-overseas.en

Have a good read of it but from what I can see the 407 visa doesn't appear in the "you can enrol and it's free" section so you may well fall into the costly category (section 5) that's shown in the table above, which is a bummer as the state schools in the area you're looking at are largely pretty good.

If it is the case that you fall into that very costly category then it may well be worth contacting private schools in the area as it looks like that fee only applies to public schools.

Obviously you'll have to pay for a private school but Perth has a whole range of different private schools at different price points and it may be that your best option might be to go for a term at a local private school.  You'll need to get in contact and confirm exactly what you will be up for paying in total, considering the visa your on (don't think the gov fee applies to private schools but could be wrong).

There will be quite a few private schools within striking distance of West Perth.  Christchurch and Methodist Ladies College will be at the top pricey end.  Usually the catholic schools tend to be at the cheaper end.  

Here's a site that can give you contact details for local private schools :

https://privateschoolsguide.com/perth-private-schools

Another alternative is treat the whole 6 months as a real learning adventure and do some home schooling coupled with educational trips around Perth.  Get your kid to plan the trip, sort the money out, etc.  Works well with younger kids, bit harder as they get older.

Good luck with it all.

Cheers

Baggy

 

 

 

 

 

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On 31/07/2019 at 20:12, baggytrousers said:

The $4000 fee is for 457 visa holders.  

That table comes from a document you can download from the following URL :

http://det.wa.edu.au/policies/detcms/policy-planning-and-accountability/policies-framework/guidelines/enrolment-of-students-from-overseas.en

Have a good read of it but from what I can see the 407 visa doesn't appear in the "you can enrol and it's free" section so you may well fall into the costly category (section 5) that's shown in the table above, which is a bummer as the state schools in the area you're looking at are largely pretty good.

If it is the case that you fall into that very costly category then it may well be worth contacting private schools in the area as it looks like that fee only applies to public schools.

Obviously you'll have to pay for a private school but Perth has a whole range of different private schools at different price points and it may be that your best option might be to go for a term at a local private school.  You'll need to get in contact and confirm exactly what you will be up for paying in total, considering the visa your on (don't think the gov fee applies to private schools but could be wrong).

There will be quite a few private schools within striking distance of West Perth.  Christchurch and Methodist Ladies College will be at the top pricey end.  Usually the catholic schools tend to be at the cheaper end.  

Here's a site that can give you contact details for local private schools :

https://privateschoolsguide.com/perth-private-schools

Another alternative is treat the whole 6 months as a real learning adventure and do some home schooling coupled with educational trips around Perth.  Get your kid to plan the trip, sort the money out, etc.  Works well with younger kids, bit harder as they get older.

Good luck with it all.

Cheers

Baggy

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much! Just seen this - had to go back home for family emergency and only just back in WA 

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