Hardship provisions announced for families on 457 Visas in Western Australia
November 16, 2014
New provisions have been announced for families facing hardships on 457 visas in Western Australia. These provisions include:
Families earning $75,000 a year or less will not pay the public school tuition fee
Illness and unemployment considered for partial or fully waived fees
$4,000 per annum per family, regardless of how many children enrolled in public schools
The WA State Government today announced public school tuition fees for families on 457 Visas would take into account lower incomes and other hardships.
Education Minister Peter Collier said while families on 457 Visas needed to contribute to the
costs of educating their children in Western Australian public schools, fees must be reasonable. “Families will pay $4,000 per annum but only once their gross household income passes $75,000. This is regardless of how many children they have in public schools,” Mr Collier said.
The Minister said exceptional circumstances would also be considered under financial hardship provisions. “Full or partial fee waivers will be considered, based on evidence of unforeseen changes in a family’s circumstances such as illness, unemployment, family breakdown and death.”
Regulations will also ensure dependants of 457 Visa holders retain entitlements to enrol at local schools. Families will have the option of paying the tuition fee upfront or in instalments.
These hardship provisions are in addition to the reduced fee of $4,000 per annum per family