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International students - English as an additional language or dialect


To assist schools in supporting the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) learning needs of school-aged dependants of international students and bridging visa students.

Duration of program



Any state school with dependant students of international students (i.e. parents/guardians) in the 500 visa classification (excluding 500 (schools) or 571) and bridging visa students correctly enrolled in Department of Education International's international student management system (ISMS).

Allocation of funds

Allocation of funds is calculated based on bandscale scores.

Bandscale methodology is used in assessing students' English levels in four areas: listening, speaking reading and writing.

The assessment will determine a bandscale level of between 1 and 6.

Allocations for eligible students are determined each semester based upon each eligible individual student's bandscale score.

BandscaleRate per eligible student

Payment details

Semester 1March100%
Semester 2August/September100%

Data requirements

Data itemStudent details (including bandscale)Students' enrolment data
Data sourceOneSchoolISMS
Due dateMarch, AugustFebruary/March; July/August

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for this funding.

Schools with eligible students will receive a list of students enrolled in Department of Education International's international student management system (ISMS) in February and July each year. Schools are required to complete assessments and update bandscale data into OneSchool for each eligible student. Bandscale data from OneSchool is used to calculate funding allocations.

Further information

Policy statement: English as an additional language or dialect learners.

For further information please refer to the P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework page on the Education website or the contact details below.


Department of Education International

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