- English language requirements
UWA highly recommends that you commence your child's English language development prior to arrival in Australia.
If your child cannot speak English sufficiently well the school can require that they attend an intensive English Language course. In this case, you will need to pay between $1500 to $3000 per child.
For further information, please read TIWA English Language Requirements.
- Dependants with special needs
If your child has special needs (that is, learning difficulties or a disability) they may be required to attend a school designed to meet their specific needs.
Fees for disability support may be significant and it is advised that you disclose your child's requirements prior to arrival.
In addition to tuition fees (which are waived for Masters and PhD students) there are other fees and expenses that need to be paid by all students. These may include a Voluntary Fee.
You are expected to pay these fees directly to the school as they provide value-added resources to your child's school. These charges are approximately $A60 per year, per child, for primary school and between $A235 - 500 for secondary school students.
Note: All fees are reviewed annually and fee increases will be published. You will also need to pay for additional items such as uniforms, books, excursions, sporting events and even may need to lease or purchase a notebook computer.
- Age and your child's schooling year
Your child’s age and commencement periods:
- Kindergarten is for children turning four years old by 30 June of the year they start Kindy (not compulsory).
- Pre-primary is for children turning five years old by 30 June of the year they start pre-primary.
- Year 1 is for children turning six years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 1.
- Year 2 is for children turning seven years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 2.
- Year 3 is for children turning eight years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 3.
- Year 4 is for children turning nine years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 4.
- Year 5 is for children turning 10 years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 5.
- Year 6 is for children turning 11 years old by 30 June of the year they start Year 6.
You can find out what year your children need to start school by using the Department of Education's school age calculator.
- Scholarship holders
Certain scholarship holders are eligible for the same enrolment entitlement as local children.
If you're in receipt of one of these scholarships, please email [email protected] or contact the International Student Sponsored team to commence the school placement process.
- Scholarships that also sponsor dependant children
Master’s or PhD students (visa class 500 or 573 and 574) who have a scholarship that also sponsors their dependant children, are required to pay the mainstream tuition fee for overseas fee paying students.
You will also need to pay school contributions and charges, and any intensive English or specialist disability services as assessed by the school.
- Postgraduate students
Masters and PhD students (visa class 500, 573 or 574):
- You may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
- Other fees, as mentioned above, are payable. This may include voluntary and other direct school expenditure requirements such as uniforms, etc.
- You need to be enrolled in your course for the tuition fee waiver to apply.
- If you discontinue, withdraw, or your enrolment in your course is cancelled, UWA will notify TIWA and you will become liable for mainstream tuition fees for your dependants’ enrolment.
- Undergraduate students
Bachelor’s degree students (visa class 500, 570, 572 or 573):
- Your child/children are not eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
- Your child/children will need to be enrolled as full-fee paying overseas students for the duration of your visa.
- You will need to liaise with TIWA to organise your child/children’s school placement.
- Pathway students on preliminary courses
Students undertaking preliminary courses before the Masters or PhD Program (e.g. an English language program, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor's degree):
- Your child/children will need to be enrolled as full-fee paying overseas students until you are formally enrolled in the Masters or PhD at UWA.
- You may contact International Student Support team to discuss your options.
- Other conditions
In Western Australia, Kindergarten is not a compulsory school year and therefore, kindergarten placements may not be given as high priority by TIWA as placements for compulsory schooling.
Places for international students are not available at all public schools, this includes high school for Year 7 to 12.
Placement is not available at the following senior schools:
- Churchlands Senior High School
- Perth Modern School
- Rossmoyne Senior High School
- Shenton College
- Willetton Senior High School
- John Curtin College of the Arts
- Primary School Placement.