In some states (NSW and ACT), people on a 457 have to pay school fees for government schools. In NSW it is $4500 per child, per annum, paid up front. In ACT I think it is double that but you can pay in instalments
This is out of your taxed income. So if you are coming on a 457 it makes it even more squeaky if you are having to pay school fees
You should not expect any change in the school fees position regardless of what they do with LAFHA. LAFHA rules are about income tax and are therefore a federal (commonwealth) matter, school fees are charged by the State governments and nothing to do with the Feds. So don't expect the NSW government to stop charging 457 holders school fees to make up for the fact they may have lost their LAFHA
We enquired about whether the school fees were tax deductable with the ATO and were told that they aren't for temp visa holders.
"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be." - R. Fulghum
No bugger told us we could claim this allowance and we sat on a 457 for nine months.
Pretty much sums up my sponser.
Dont be worried, its good you asked the question.
I am an RPN2 year 4 and my basic is about 60,000 plus extras (which amount to loads) for weekends, nights, in charge shifts and because I got spnsered after 6 months for residency can now pick up loads more with extra agency work. My sponser paid for absolutely nothing, not even a cup of tea on arrival, and were unhelpful at every turn, but thats not the point here....
The private sector (which your job is yes?) should be paying at least 20 percent more, and being that you are a manager, and in Sydney, I would think a basic rate of 100k would be more reasonable.
The problem with these 457 sponsers is they spout rubbish knowing we are all chasing a dream. They try to get people on the cheap, which doesnt really matter if they sponser you after 6 months cos you can escape once you get here and realise you have been screwed. But 2 years is too long and my money would be on you giving up if you had to wait 2 years once you realised you had been ripped off, you will be eating pasta and living in a crap house while the nurses you meet will be residents on 100k a year driving their 4x4 and eating steak!!!! And you wont be able to do anything about it for 2 years!!
In your position I would be expecting at least 80k and sponsered residency after 6 months. These jokers want to make you manage a place but not pay you for it.
Last edited by blobby1000; 30-03-2012 at 06:03 PM.
Also dont rely on your "substantial pot" there is no way you should need to supplement a life in Austrailia as a nurse at the moment with UK money. Keep hold of them because when it comes to buying a house you will want every penny you have as a decent house out here in Sydney will cost you at least 500k, probably more
Thanks Blobby1000 although it's not nice to hear I'm glad that you have been honest with me. The job is in the Private sector and I will be expected not only to manage a team of home carers but also a budget. Perhaps the dream needs to be on hold for the time being or other options explored. If you have any advise it would be gratefully received.
And even if it was 400k 7% mortage, $28,000 a year in interest alone, thats $2300 a month, so that leave our OP with $1300 a month for food, bills, rates and trying to have a life (which she would not be able to have).
Im not saying dont come, Im saying dont let companies in Australia (and "positive people regardless of everything" on here) sell you the Australian dream on 60k a year cos it aint gonna happen and you will find an alternative who will make you do less work for a lot more money