Bringing your Family

If you’re coming to Western Australia with your family, child or partner, there are some additional things you need to think about.


Your partner can be your husband, wife, fiancé, boyfriend or girlfriend. If your partner is accompanying you to Western Australia, he or she will also need a visa. There are different types of visas available to partners depending on what they plan to do during their stay.

You should check the visa options with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

If you have a student visa and your partner is not studying, they may be able to work for up to 20 hours per week. You can find out more about working part-time here.

Some libraries and community centres hold English conversation classes for adults. Your partner might wish to attend one or more of these while in Western Australia.


If you bring your child with you on a dependant visa, and they’re between 5 and 18 years old, they must attend school full-time. To enrol your child in a Western Australian school, you’ll need to contact the school directly. Each school has its own enrolment requirements and fees.

For children under five years old, there are child care (day care) centres and playgroups available. Many child care centres have waiting lists, so if you’re thinking about bringing your child with you, you should arrange a place well in advance and find out about the costs involved. You can choose to take your child to child care every day of the working week, or on certain days only. Your child can spend part of the day or a full day in child care. Each centre employs qualified staff to look after the children.

There are also playgroups for parents and their babies and children of up to five years of age. A playgroup is a great place for your child to make friends and for you to meet other parents and practise your English in a relaxed environment. You can learn more about different types of playgroups available or find a playgroup in a particular area of Perth through Playgroup WA.

As a parent, you should be aware of the legal obligations of raising a child in Australia:

  • You must make sure that your child is looked after properly. That means providing food, clothes, supervision, and an adequate and safe environment. Failing to provide these can be a criminal offence.
  • In Australia, the wellbeing of children is protected by law. Violence, neglect and any type of physical, sexual and emotional abuse are considered as punishable offences. Using physical force to discipline a child isn’t common and should never be done in public. Causing harm to a child through physical discipline is against the law. Australian schools don’t use any forms of physical punishment.