Schools in Brisbane?

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By icesprings - Posted on
20 April 2013
Hello all, We would be moving to Aus soon on a 457 visa (Brisbane). I googled for info and found that education in Australia comes at a prices for Temporary residents unlike Home (Canada) where education is free immaterial of status. Can someone guide the annual cost of education for Private/Public/Catholic schools. The information on net is pretty discreet and unclear. Thank you for your time in writing this info. Your help is appreciated. Zeline
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Hi Zeline

Schooling in Australia can be very expensive. A private school can cost up to AUD 25,000 per year. Faith-based schools can be a fraction of the cost at about AUD 2000 per year, but obviously that is dependent on the area and the quality of the school. 

Please have a look at our page on Education and Schools in Australia as this will give you more detailed information as well as some information about temporary residents on a 457 visa. 

Also see Cost of Living in Australia for more information on the cost of education in the country. 

The best of luck with your move to Brisbane.

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Thanks Candice.
I thought the high cost of education only applied ti NSW & Victoria. Im surprised to know it applies to QLD as well.

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You don't have to pay for schooling in QLD if on a 457. State schools are fab, no need to go private. My son is in Grade 1 at Albany Creek and I'm very impressed.

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New South Wales

$4,500 Years kindergarten – Year 6 primary school
$4,500 Years 7–10 Junior high school
$5,500 Years 11–12 senior high school
Fees are paid in advance and a one off administration fee of $110 is also payable. Full details are at


Australian Capital Territory

$ 9,320 Kindergarten – Year 6 primary school
$12,500 Years 7-10 high school
$13,900 Years 11 and 12 high school

If you live in the ACT you can apply for an education fee waiver if you are involved in a job that appears on the Skilled Occupation List. For full details visit

Tasmania and the Northern Territory

457 holders are exempt from fees. In Tasmania, if you’re a temporary resident but not on a 457 (or 574) visa the exact amount payable per year per child depends on the visa type but can be no more than $5,500.

In the NT, as well as visa subclass 457, there are a number of other skilled migration visa types that are exempt from international student fees. For the full list go to:

Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia

There are no extra fees for 457 holders in these states and the only out of pocket expenses for parents are uniforms, stationery and excursions etc.

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