Temporary residents primary schools students

 

Temporary Residents Program

For students enrolling in NSW Government Schools

The Temporary Residents Program allows eligible students with temporary resident visas to study in a New South Wales Government School from Kindergarten through to Year 12.

The New South Wales Government Schools system is the largest education network in Australia. Each school offers a secure, safe and dynamic learning environment. Your child will have a rich and rewarding learning experience.

There are over 2,000 primary and secondary high schools in New South Wales. Before selecting a government school, please note that temporary residents are not eligible to enrol in Selective Secondary High Schools, the selective component of Comprehensive Secondary High Schools and Opportunity (OC) classes in Primary Schools and are generally not eligible to enrol in the Conservatorium Secondary High School.

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Who can enter the Temporary Residents Program?

  • All temporary resident visa holders with the exception of principal holders of the international student visa (subclass 500P)
  • Bridging visa holders
  • Dependants of International Students
  • Visitor visa holders who are accompanied by their parents or staying with direct relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers or sisters) who are residents of Australia and over 21 years of age.

Who cannot enter the Temporary Residents Program?

  • Students who are the principal holder of a 500P International Student visa
  • Groups of students who attend New South Wales schools on an advertised tour
  • Visitor visa holders who are not accompanied by their parents or staying with direct relatives

Which visas qualify for the Temporary Residents Program?

How to apply to enrol

You cannot apply online. Applications must be submitted in writing using the Temporary Residents Program Application Form for an Authority to Enrol (pdf 92 KB).

Fees, exemptions and refunds

Other useful information

Full list of forms and publications

Translated Documents

Below is a list of translated publications.

Information for school staff

Below are a list of forms and publications to assist school staff with the enrolment process for temporary resident students.

  • Enrolment of non-Australian Citizens Procedures and Eligibility (pdf 162 KB)
    This document outlines eligibility and procedures for the enrolment of non-Australian citizens in NSW government schools.
  • Proof of Identity and Residency Status (pdf 500 KB)
    This document provides information on the ways in which schools can broadly establish the citizenship status of those claiming to be Australian citizens as well as the identity and residency status of non-Australian citizens.
  • ImmiCard Information Sheet (pdf 385 KB)
    This document provides information on ImmiCards issued by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.
  • Residency Status for Children Born in Australia (pdf 148 KB)
    This document provides information for school staff to establish the residency status of a student.
  • Quick Reference Guide – Proof of Identity & Residency Status (pdf 30 KB)
    This document provides a quick reference guide for school staff to establish the residency status of a student.
  • Student Transfer Form (pdf 40 KB)
    This document is to be used if the temporary resident student transfers to another New South Wales government school. Please complete the document and return it to the Temporary Residents Program. The Temporary Residents Program will then issue an Authority to Enrol to the new school.

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Principal holders of the International Student visa (subclass 500P) must enrol through the International Students Program.

 

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