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Live in Canberra? It’ll cost you

By johnboy 13 February 2007 34

Interesting post up on the British Expats site from a “Hel” who’s trying as hard as she can to move to Canberra.

She’s a little disheartened to discover that public education is going to cost “$12000 per year plus $349 insurance” for her son, compared to ~$5,000 in NSW.

And another one goes private…

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CouldExpire 1:38 pm 16 Feb 07

Hey sammy it goes to show after seeing a before shot of here that with a little bit of makeup and good stylist, many everyday people could look like her!..

nyssa76 11:05 pm 13 Feb 07

She also makes it clear that she didn’t file in time for another visa which could have stopped the “international student” fees.

It’s her problem.

And cry me a f***ing river, she has to pay something like 1/3 of that when you look at the exchange rate.

mutley 8:46 pm 13 Feb 07

Having just done a bit more background reading, it appears that may be just for people coming here on student visas.
The children of people who come on work visas are apparently entitled to the same schooling fees as residents/citizens.

mutley 8:39 pm 13 Feb 07

Meconium – From the CRICOS website, an overseas student at an ACT government primary school is up for $66 500 for the duration of the course. That sounds like international fees for international students to me.

Al 6:09 pm 13 Feb 07

NFS: Canberra Times few days back for the doctor’s gap, few months ago for the dentists story. Can’t link as the CT website only archives for 2 days (ggrrr).

Meconium 2:52 pm 13 Feb 07

Lol mutley, international fees are for uni students only, as well as being the same nationwide. The post itself specifies that these are fees for a state school. I don’t know how she’s calculated that, everyone knows poms can come here and get decent jobs any time they like, as long as they’re ‘the right sort of people’… I find that in fields such as education, poms are treated preferentially in some respects because of their apparent professional manner.

Hasdrubahl 2:49 pm 13 Feb 07

aich jay, read the post on the expats site, she makes it clear it’s about state schools.

bonfire 2:44 pm 13 Feb 07

yeah snarky cos your posts are just so valuable to debate.


NeedForSpeed 2:31 pm 13 Feb 07


care to point some evidence for that please?

Snarky 2:26 pm 13 Feb 07

… and my above snark goes to Bonfire, too! (Getting into the habit of skipping his/her posts these days…)

aich jay 2:25 pm 13 Feb 07

In the UK, “public school” can, in some cases, refer to what we would call a private school. Perhaps Hel has her knickers in a twist because of the cost of private education, not the taxpayer-funded public system.

Snarky 2:22 pm 13 Feb 07

Deano: So let me get this straight – they are coming here on a temporary working visa with the option to piss off back home if things don’t work out but are complaining that they won’t be getting the handouts that long term taxpayers are getting.

No wonder they are called Whinging Poms!

We got 5 year working visas when we went to the UK for a couple years in early 2000. Although we weren’t allowed to go on the dole over there (and had to show adequate savings to get by while we were there) we were able to get into the state school system free of charge for all three kids, just like our UK neighbour’s kids did. We were able to use the National Health (UK Medicare) free, for both medical and dental, and (I think, honestly can’t recall this bit) the same child dependant tax breaks on our UK incomes as UK residents.

If only half what this person says is true they’re getting shafted in a big way, and are well within rights to be pissed off!

mutley 2:11 pm 13 Feb 07

Don’t international students pay international student fees?

Genie 1:33 pm 13 Feb 07

Technically public education costs $0, you are not forced to pay anything. When i went to school my parents couldn’t affored the school fees and only paid what they could and from memory it was only a few hundred dollars a year.

Where does this $12000 figure come from, did she think the total was in Pounds and then convert it into the Aussie dollar? After all the Poms get 3x their money coming over here.

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