Government school fees for international students

This page has information on the fees and other costs for international students attending government schools, how to pay fees and the refund process.

Tuition fees

YearTuition fee per year
Pre-schoolAU$7,500*
Primary School: Year T to 6AU$7,500
Middle School: Year 7 to 9AU$9,000
Senior Secondary: Year 10 to 12AU$10,000

*Pro-rata depending on number of days of attendance per week.

There is also a refundable bond of AU$1,000 and an overseas health cover fee of AU$553 per year.

Fees to be paidPre-schoolPrimary - Year 1 to 6Middle - Year 7 to 9Years 10, 11 or 12
Tuition feeAU$7,500*AU$7,500AU$9,000 AU$10,000
*Refundable bondNAAU$1,000AU$1,000AU$1,000
^Overseas student health coverNAAU$559AU$559AU$559
TotalAU$7,500AU$9,059AU$10,559AU$11,559

* Pro-rata depending on number of days of attendance per week.

^ Additional costs for students who are the primary holder of a subclass 500 international student visa.

Fees include all of the following:

  • application and school placement processing
  • pre-departure information
  • reception at Darwin International Airport
  • welcome and orientation
  • school textbooks
  • student support services including career and personal counselling
  • ongoing English language support
  • term and semester reports
  • overseas student health cover - payable each year
  • school bus pass where applicable.

Additional expenses

Additional expenses include:

Intensive English program

Fees for the Intensive English program are determined by the student's age appropriate year level: 

  • at primary school level the fee is $7,500 each year 
  • at middle school level the fee is $9,000 each year 
  • at senior secondary level the fee is $10,000 each year. 

You can refer to the tuition fee table above.

Read more about the Intensive English program.

Fee payment

Payment is due on acceptance of the offer letter. This includes the first semester's tuition as well as the refundable bond and overseas health cover for the entire period the student will be studying in Australia.

Who is required to pay fees

International students (students who are the primary holder of a 500 visa) must pay the tuition fees as outlined in the table above.

Dependant students of people holding temporary resident visas may need to pay international student fees.

 Visa subclasses that attract international student fees

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600601602
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580P994Bridging visas
(all subclasses)

Below are the common types of temporary visas for international students.

Bridging visa

Students on a bridging visa are charged according to their immediately preceding visa until a permanent visa is issued. Terms and conditions of the previous visa apply.

For example, if you come to Australia on a visitor visa (subclass 600) and then apply for a spouse visa, your obligation to pay fees for the school-aged dependents of this visa remains until the spouse visa is granted.

Dependants of tertiary students

Dependants of international students (visa subclass 500) can be enrolled in an NT Government school, but will need to pay international student tuition fees. 

The Department of Education will issue a confirmation of placement outlining the fees you need to pay to the school.

For example, if you come to Australia to study a higher education course and bring your school-aged children, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your children to attend school. The period of your child’s enrolment at a government school will match the approved dates for your confirmation of enrolment letter. 

Visitor visa

Dependants of those who hold a visitor visa (subclass 600, 601 or 602) are required to pay tuition fees. Students can study for up to three months and may need to have a health examination.

For example, if you are visiting Australia on a 600 visa, you will be able to enrol your dependants in a government school for up to three months at the full tuition cost. 

If after arriving in Australia on a 600 visa you apply for permanency in Australia (such as through a spouse visa subclass 801) you will be subject to a bridging visa until your new visa is issued. While on a bridging visa, you are required to pay full tuition for your dependants to attend school until you are granted the spouse visa.

If you are an Australian citizen and you are planning to bring your spouse and dependants to Australia on a visitor visa (subclass 600, 601 or 602) consider the international student tuition fee costs that you will need to pay until the spouse visa is granted.

Dependants of scholarship holders

The dependants of those who hold Australia Awards and Australian Defense Force Scholarships are exempt from paying tuition fees.

Dependants of people who hold scholarships in their home countries need to pay international student tuition fees.

Temporary business (long stay)

Dependants of those who hold temporary business (long stay) visas (subclass 457) are exempt from paying international student tuition fees.

For example, if you are a skilled worker coming to Australia to work for an approved business for up to four years and have been granted a 457 visa, you can enrol your dependants without paying international student tuition fees.

Temporary work

Dependants of those who hold a temporary work (international relations) visa (subclass 403) do not need to pay tuition fees.

For example, if you have come to Australia on a 403 visa in the seasonal worker program, you do not need to pay international student fees for your dependants.

Training

Dependants of a training visa (subclass 407) are required to pay fees. 

For example, if you are a researcher at Charles Darwin University under a training visa, you are required to pay international student fees for your school aged children. 

Course closure

In the unlikely event that the Department of Education is unable to deliver a course, a full refund will be offered.

The refund (less the $100 administrative fee) will be paid within two weeks of the course cancellation date.

A student may be offered enrolment on a suitable alternative course at no extra cost. 

Students have the right to choose whether they would prefer a full refund or to accept a place on another course. 

If placement in another course is chosen, the department will ask the student to sign a document accepting the placement.

Contact

For more information contact International Services on (08) 8999 5895 or internationalservice@nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 23 October 2017