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We're currently in the process of researching the possibility of a move down under to either Melborne or Adelaide.

Trying to get some idea of the educational facilities within these 2 areas for ages 11 & 13 currently, (more like 13 & 15 if & when we make it out there !)

We read one article that appeared to indicate that if the kids are not native Australians then the education was chargeable, but this has been denied by somebody we know who has just come back from Oz

Can somebody clarify either way please, as to go from an excellent UK to state school to a fee paying state school in Oz is a serous financial commitment to be factored in.

If there are any accountants reading this can you give me some idea of the market place in Adelaide / Melborne for a couple of qualifieds (CIMA).i Is the recession biting deep or is the market place buoyant, because personally speaking this is my major concern about emigrating......... you sell up in the UK looking for a new life & end up blowing all your capital surviving because there are no jobs to be found

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Comment by andrea scott on September 3, 2009 at 13:48
Hi we're thinking of going through the student study visa does this include free schooling for my 3 kids or would I need to pay fees?
Comment by Aoife McGee on March 13, 2009 at 10:39
When we arrived in Sydney on temporary visa 457, we had to pay $4500 per child per year to attend a public school in New South Wales. Now we are permanent residents, we dont. Not sure about South Australia or Victoria.
Comment by Ged on March 5, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Dave, Bj is correct re the school fees. I am over in Oz on a temporary visa and am paying for private education in full without any state subsidy. The best way to check your status is to contact potential schools and tell them what visa number(s) you are likely to be eligible for. The schools should be able to give you an indication of what fees you will be asked to pay for each visa scenario. We found that the private schools can be quite flexible on their fees and we haven't paid too much more than we would have done for a state school.
Comment by BJ on March 5, 2009 at 13:24
Hi Dave, I think Ged is right in the case of temporary visas, the rules change all the time. I am guessing you willl be migrating on a permanent residency visa so the fess shouldn't apply to you>
Some people who I would recommend you get in touch with on here with their finger on the pulse are Skills Shortage Consulting. They are sure to have the most up to date info. They also have links with migration agent.
How's the research going? Did I give you the link for good schools in Melbourne? Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Comment by Dave Foster on March 4, 2009 at 17:21
Hi Ged,

Do you know which visas qualify for free schooling. We are looking at either a skilled state sponsered or skilled independant visa, as we have enough points for both -Thanks Dave
Comment by Ged on March 4, 2009 at 13:44
Please note you will only qualify for "fee free" schooling depending on which visa you obtain. Some visas do not include free education so in such cases you will need to pay for state schools and private schools.
Comment by Dave Foster on February 26, 2009 at 13:01
Hi BJ,

Thanks for the info & links, I will explore further. The major drivers that will affect where we settle are predominantly climate, cost of living & the aforementioned education. We like the idea of Adelaide & Melborne as the climate is temperate with definite seasons , Perth looks to be too hot, Brisbane too humid / tropical & to be honest if we are to relocate it has to be to a climate where we can both work in comfort as well as enjoy the weather in our spare time. I understand that both Perth / Sydney are also quite expensive places to live whilst Adelaide is the up & coming city so I guess it is slightly cheaper ? And again the kids education is paramount, as I said earlier they are in one of the best schools in Hampshire & both doing very well, I do not want to drag their 12000 miles & their education to suffer. Your thoughts & points of view are greatly appreciated - Thanks
Comment by BJ on February 26, 2009 at 12:32
Ooops sorry about the typos 11,000 jobs, sounds a bit more like it!
What will determine where you aim to settle?
I might be able to help you a little more if I know.
Comment by BJ on February 26, 2009 at 12:29
Hi Dave,
No need to worry about the school fees. Your kids will be accepted into state schools(called public schools here) and you will only have to pay voluntary contributions and for books and materials. Our boys attend state schools and we pay between $500 and $1000 per year for their books and fees.
We are very happy with the system here which gives the kids a broader education and lots of confidence.
If you go the private route you can pay anything from $3k to $15k per annum.
Did a quick job search for accountants seems there are 11,00 jobs on the website so looks promising.
I suppose the point will be there are no cast iron guarantees of work or job security whether you stay in the UK or come to Australia.
Housing in Adelide is cheaper.
Here's an interesting link to check out for weighing up the two cities.

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