Fee waiver for children of International HDR students in Canberra

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced that the ACT Government will waive public school fees for the dependants of International HDR students studying in the ACT.

The fee exemption which is set to commence January 1, 2016, was welcomed by Vice Chancellor Greg Craven, and staff and HDR students alike at ACU’s Signadou campus in Canberra.

The waiver will apply to both existing dependants of HDR students and the dependants of HDR students who commence after 1 January 2016. International HDR students studying in the ACT will have public school fees waived for their child, providing a saving of $12,000 per child.

The fee exemption will be reviewed in 2017 to measure the success of the waiver in attracting additional HDR students to the ACT and the impact on the territories finances. Chief Minister Andrew Barr has confirmed that, irrespective of the review outcome, dependants of HDR students who are currently enrolled or who enroll in 2016 and 2017 will continue to receive the exemption for the duration of the HDR students study in the ACT.