Overview of the Temporary Residents Program

The Temporary Residents Program gives advice and support to enrol temporary residents into NSW government schools.

The program accepts enrolment in primary school and high school from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Your child will have a rich and rewarding learning experience. NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.

Enrolment requirements

Enrolment requirements

Temporary residents must hold a valid visa and meet the General Conditions of Enrolment to enrol in a NSW government school.

For enrolment conditions of each visa subclass, refer to the Schedule of visa subclasses and Enrolment Conditions.

The Temporary Residents Program enrols school-aged children who are:

  • temporary resident visa holders (except principal holders of the international student visa subclass 500P or 571P)
  • bridging visa holders
  • dependants of international students
  • visitor visa holders who are accompanied by a parent or staying with a direct relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister) who is a permanent resident of Australia and over 21 years of age.

Children cannot enrol through the Temporary Residents Program if they are international students holding visa subclass 500P or 571P, part of a group of students who attend NSW schools on an advertised tour, or a visitor visa holder who is not accompanied by a parent, or not staying with a direct relative.

Visit the TRP Application Process for more information.

Start dates

The Temporary Residents Program enrols school-aged children at any time during the school year.

Primary school

Kindergarten to Year 6

Junior school

Years 7 to 10

Senior high school

Years 11 to 12

Schools available to study at

NSW Government Schools is the largest education network in Australia with over 2,200 primary and high schools offering secure, safe and dynamic learning environments.

All primary schools and the majority of high schools have designated local enrolment areas. Your child may attend their local school based on their residential address or schools may accept enrolments from outside their area if places are available.

Temporary residents are not eligible to enrol in selective high schools including agricultural high schools, the selective component of comprehensive high schools and Opportunity Classes (OC) in primary schools.Visit this link to Find a School.

Support to improve your English skills

If your child speaks a language other than English as their first language, learning English is essential for success at school and further education, training and employment.

The New South Wales Department of Education provides English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) support to develop English language competence so your child can fully participate in schooling and independently pursue further education and training. The department provides EAL/D support in primary schools, high schools, Intensive English Centres (IECs) and the Intensive English High School (IEHS). The availability of EAL/D support varies between schools, depending on the number of EAL/D students enrolled.

Accommodation

Accommodation

All school-aged students who are less than 18 years of age and who hold a subordinate visitor or temporary resident visa based on a parent’s principal visa, must reside with the parent during any period of enrolment.

Fees

Most temporary resident students pay the temporary resident administration fee and education fee to enrol in a NSW government school. For details refer to the Education Fee fact sheet.

Fee exemption

If the temporary resident student has a parent or step-parent who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for a fee exemption. For details refer to the Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident fact sheet.

The Exemption Review Panel considers individual appeals for exemption from the education fee for low-income families. For details refer to the Application for Fee Exemption based on low income.

Fee refund

Your child may be entitled to a pro-rata refund of the education fee if:

  • their visa category changes to a fee exempt category
  • their visa is cancelled
  • their application to enrol is rejected or
  • they leave school before the expiry of their paid period of enrolment.

Application for Refund of the Temporary Residents Program education fee >

Visa and immigration requirements

Temporary residents must hold a valid visa to enrol in a NSW government school.

For enrolment conditions of each visa subclass, refer to the Schedule of visa subclasses and Enrolment Conditions.

How to apply

An application for your child must be submitted in writing using the Temporary Residents Program Application Form for an Authority to Enrol.

If your child:

Document library

Resources for school staff

These documents will assist your school staff with the enrolment process for temporary resident students.

When a temporary resident student transfers to your school, complete the document and return it to the Temporary Residents Program. The Temporary Residents Program will issue a new Authority to Enrol to your school.