Why Australia

  1. We have one of the best higher education systems in the world.
    Australia has an outstanding higher education system. With over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, our system is ranked 8th in the Universitas 2019 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems , higher than France, Germany,Norway and Japan.
  2. An emphasis on student experience and graduate outcomes.
    International students report almost 90% satisfaction scores for their living and study experience in Australia according to the 2018 Department of Education International Student Survey Recent sentiment surveys conducted by Study Australia have found that more than 80% of onshore students intend to finish their studies in Australia, indicating they are very satisfied with the quality of their education they have been receiving.
  3. Seven of the best student cities in the world are in Australia.
    We already knew our cities were great places to live and study but now it’s official! According to QS Best Student Cities 2019 , almost all of our major cities –Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast –are in the world’s top 100 student cities.
  4. World Class Education.

    When you study with Australia, you have the opportunity to pursue an outstanding education from leading institutions. Australia’s extraordinary heritage of innovation means your potential for success is boundless.

    You really can achieve great things with an Australian education. That’s because we’re a leading provider of high quality education for international students and our institutions are consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.International students enjoy an unrivalled range of study options in Australia, with more than 1,100 institutions and 22,000 courses to choose from, across every discipline and at every level.

  5. Globally recognised qualifications.

    Studying here will boost your career prospects because graduates from Australia are desirable employees in any workplace. In most fields, an Australian qualification is recognised by employers throughout the world.

    Australian courses are constantly updated with input from industry leaders to ensure your skills and knowledge are current, strengthening your ability to compete for jobs.

    Australian Qualifications Framework(AQF) allows students to easily move through the education system. It also provides an easy way for countries to recognise your qualification and issue a comparable qualification for local use.
  6. Uncompromising quality assurance

    You can study with peace of mind, thanks to Australia’s well-developed system of regulation, and quality controls designed to protect you.Australia sets the standard for excellence in education internationally. Our education sector is based on a network of world-leading education providers, premium facilities, outstanding lecturers and student support services. There is a robust system of quality control and government accreditation to ensure you receive a premium university experience. This system was specifically designed for international students and refined over many years.

  7. A great place to live and study

    Australia is a safe, inclusive and supportive study environment, where you will feel welcomed and inspired.Australians have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming, with an open and informal approach to life, while also showing respect for the rights and freedoms of others. Australia has a very high standard of living, with the quality of education, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and government services all well above international averages.

    Australia has a reputation as a safe place to live, with the streets and public spaces of Australian cities offering security and freedom not always found in other parts of the world. In fact, Australian cities have some of the lowest crime rates in the world. Whether you’re in a city, town or regional area, your Australian experience will be hugely rewarding.

    When you study here, you will join hundreds of thousands of students from Australia and around the world - including many from your home country - who are discovering new friends and exciting opportunities.

    We believe collaboration is key to our students’ success. You will work closely with classmates, researchers, instructors and other faculties. In many cases, you can gain hands-on industry experience through placements and internships. This combination of teamwork, shared learning, and industry focus will strengthen your career and postgraduate study prospects.

Education, Safety and Living Costs

  1. Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on partnership between governments and industry.
  2. Whether you’re looking to move straight into the workforce, or to take an initial step in your tertiary education, an Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification can take you where you want to go..
  3. Australia’s VET sector is based on a partnership between governments and industry. VET qualifications are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, as well as private institutions. Australian governments (federal and state) provide funding, develop policies, and contribute to regulation and quality assurance of the sector. Industry and employer groups contribute to training policies and priorities, and in developing qualifications that deliver skills to the workforce.

Study with the experts

  1. Nothing is more exciting than learning from someone who shares the same passions as you do – and who’s already been there and done it at the highest level. In Australia, VET teaching staff are not just industry-aware, but have actual experience in their fields of expertise – maintaining the currency of their knowledge, and modifying their courses to reflect changing industry focus and needs. And that means you learn not only the theory, but also the reality of the subjects you’re studying.

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications

  1. VET qualifications are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills and competencies gained. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning or current competence in the industry. This makes credit transfer easier and offers students flexible learning pathways. Qualifications range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.
  2. Your VET course will broaden your skills in a specialised area that teaches you the practical experience you will need for the workplace. It will train you to design, plan, and execute the practical and technical aspects of your field in an industry context.

Once you confirm where you will study, you can look for accommodation to match your budget and lifestyle and when you have received confirmation of where you will be studying, you should look for accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Student accommodation is usually highly sought after and requires prior planning. Considerations when searching for accommodation include:

  • Costs will vary depending on your chosen state, city, and type of accommodation.
  • Always confirm the total cost and any other expenses you may be required to pay, such as a bond and utility fees and ensure they are included in your accommodation agreement.
  • Consider the distance of your accommodation from your campus and whether it is easily accessible by public transport, such as bus or train.
  • Find out what shopping centres, hospitals and emergency service facilities, and other amenities are nearby..
  1. Renting a property

    You can rent or ‘lease’ a property by yourself or with friends. This can be done through a real estate agent or privately. There are often rental and share house options posted on boards at your institution or share house websites.

    If you rent a property, you will need to pay a security deposit or ‘bond’ (which is usually four weeks’ rent), as well as rent in advance (also usually four weeks). The bond is held by the relevant state government department e.g. Residential Tenancy Authority, and is used to pay for any damages that you, your house mates or house guests may cause to the rental property. Some, or all, of the bond may be refunded to you when your lease ends.

  2. Short-term accommodation

    Many international students stay in short-term accommodation while they become familiar with their new city and meet potential housemates. Here are some short-term accommodation options:

    • Hostels and hotels
    • Temporary housing, which may be offered through your institution. Talk to your institution’s support staff or check its website for details.
  3. Homestay

    Homestay involves living with a family in their home. This can be a good option for younger students because you’ll enjoy all the comforts of a home, get to spend time with the family and often have meals and cleaning provided. Families offering homestay accommodation are thoroughly screened to ensure they can provide a safe and suitable living environment.

    Legal protection

    You‘re legally obliged to pay for your accommodation, cleaning and maintenance expenses on time. You also have the legal right to feel secure in your property, and to live in accommodation that is well maintained with working electricity and water.

    If you have problems with your accommodation, talk to your real estate agent or landlord (if renting); your international student support staff for on-campus living; or your homestay service provider. There is always someone who can help.

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study, but it is still important to be aware of the risks that exist.

Information for emergencies

Emergency services in Australia are widespread and well equipped to support you. Learn more about our fire, ambulance, and police services so you are prepared.

The assistance and emergency networks in Australia are widespread and well equipped for any potential emergencies. Fire, ambulance, and police services will be able to provide you with any health and safety assistance you may need.

Wherever you are in Australia,if there is a life-threatening emergency, call 000 (zero zero zero). It is a free call, even from your mobile. An operator will answer and will ask which of the following services you need:

  • Police
  • Fire
  • Ambulance

If you are not sure which one you need just tell the operator what you are calling and they will help guide you. If you donot speak English, tell the operator your language and you will be connected to a translator who will be able to assist.

It is important to remain calm. The operator will ask questions, such as: where are you located, what is the emergency, and how many people are involved.

Here are some examples of when you should call 000:

  • Someone has been seriously injured or is in urgent need of medical help.
  • If your life or property is being threatened.
  • If you have just witnessed a serious accident or crime.

While Australia is generally a safe place to live and study, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.

  1. Public transport

    Public transport is reliable and widely used in Australia, particularly in metro and urban areas. A number of security measures have been implemented to maximise the safety of public transport users including security officers and guards, help points, good lighting and security cameras. However you should still use caution when travelling on public transport:

    • Avoid isolated bus, rail and tram stops.
    • Check transport timetables to avoid long waits, particularly at night.
    • Train carriages nearest to the driver or guard are lit and safest at night.
    • If you find yourself left in a train carriage on your own or with only one other person you may feel more comfortable moving to another carriage.
  2. Road safety

    Roads in Australia are generally well maintained, and, within city and urban areas, have good lighting and signage. However, roads are often shared betweem large and small vehicles, heavy and light rail, bicycles and even pedestrians.

    For this reason, road safety awareness is very important for international students who may not be familiar with Australian road conditions.

    As road users, international students in Australia should consider:

    • Australian's drive on the left side of the road.
    • Wearing seat belts is mandatory in private vehicles (including taxis and ride-share).
    • There are strict controls on alcohol limits for drivers (0.05). It is best to avoid drinking if you are planning to drive.
    • Mobile (cell) phone use while driving is strictly prohibited in all Australian states and territories with harsh fines and penalties for offenders.
    • Wearing of bicycle helmets is also mandatory for cyclists.
    • It is safest to exit a vehicle from the kerb-side - always watch for cyclists and pedestrians before you open your door

    Bicycle and scooter use in Australia (including e-bikes and e-scooters) has increased greatly, especially in inner city areas where many students live, work and hang out. It is important to use bicycle lanes, observe road rules and make sure that bikes are well-lit at night when riding home.

    The Tourism Australia website has more useful tips on safe driving in Australia and road safety.

  3. Taxis

    Some tips when using taxis in Australia:

    • Sit wherever you feel most comfortable – it is normal for passengers to sit in the front or the rear of the taxi.
    • Always ensure you know the address of your destination before getting into the taxi.
    • Tell the driver the route you would like to take to your destination, and don’t be afraid to speak up if the driver takes you a different route, particularly one you are unfamiliar with.
    • If you don’t want the driver to know exactly where you live, get them to drop you off a short distance away.
  4. Going Out

    When you are out with friends or by yourself, here are some simple things to consider:

    • Always plan your trip home, especially at night. You may want to pre-book a taxi or arrange transport with a friend. Always make sure you have enough money to get home.
    • Try to travel with a friend or in a group.
    • Keep your bag and belongings close to your body and where you can always see them.
    • Never hitch hike.
    • If you don’t have a mobile phone, make sure you have a phone card or money to make a phone call.
    • Where available, use pedestrian walkways and cross the street at pedestrian crossings or lights.
    • Leave valuables at home if you donot need to take them with you. This includes jewellery, electronic equipment such as iPads and your passport. If you have recently arrived and donot have anywhere permanent to live yet,talk to your institution’s international student support staff about secure storage facilities on campus.
    • Donot carry large amounts of money with you. You can access your money at ATMs found in shops, supermarkets, petrol stations, shopping malls, bars, shop fronts and many other public places.
    • Call 000 in the event of an emergency. Remember, calls to 000 are free of charge.
  5. At school or on campus

    When you are at your institution during the day or night, here are some tips to help keep you safe:

    • Make sure you are aware of the security and emergency arrangements at your institution and in your local area. Your institution should provide you with this information either in your information pack or once you arrive.
    • Some large institutions offer security escort services or bus shuttle services for out of office hours. Contact your institution directly to see if this is a service they offer.
    • If you drive to your institution, try to park close to your destination and use well-lit car parks.
    • When leaving your institution at night try to walk with a friend or group, and take paths that are well lit and ideally frequently used by other people.
  6. Using the internet

    International students often spend many hours online, on their computers and/or mobile phone. These are an essential tool for staying connected with family and new friends in Australia. However, the use of online devices carries risks and it is important for all students to protect themselves online. Australia is a world leader in identifying online abuse, with its eSafety Commissioner website establised to protect students and children online.

    When using the internet, like anywhere in the world, you should protect yourself against spam, online scams like 'phishing', online bullying and identity theft. You can find resources and more information about protecting yourself online and reporting abuse at Australia.gov.au and www.esafety.gov.au. Many Australian internet service providers also offer guidance so check their website as well.

Australia is known for its warm climate and beautiful beaches, but it is important to stay safe when outdoors or in the water. See how you can enjoy it safely.

The Australian sun can be very hot and may be stronger than what you are used to in your home country.

There are some steps you can take to protect your skin:

  • Check the weather forecast before you plan on being outdoors -www.bom.gov.au
  • Wear sunscreen protection (such as SPF30+ water resistant sun cream) and apply before you go outside..
  • Apply sunscreen at least 25-30 minutes before swimming and ensure you re-apply sunscreen after swimming.
  • Wear a hat and UV protective sunglasses.
  • Avoid spending time in the direct sun between 10am and 4pm, as this is when the sun is strongest.
  • Make sure you follow these tips even when it isn’t sunny – you can still get burnt on cloudy or overcast days.

Australia has many beautiful beaches and waterways, but it is important to take care when swimming. Here are some tips for staying safe in the water:

  • Never dive into water if you are not sure how deep it is.
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches (a beach where there are lifeguards on duty - look for signs) and always swim between the red and yellow flags where lifeguards can see you.
  • Many Australian beaches have ‘rips’. These are strong underwater currents that can be hard to spot but which can draw you away from the shore quickly. If you swim between the flags you should not have any problem with rips. If you do find yourself in a rip, try not to panic or swim against it. Stay with your surfboard or other floating device if you have one. Swim gently parallel to the beach out of the rip zone, or wave and call for assistance from lifeguards or other swimmers and surfers.

For more information on water safety visit the Surf Life Saving website.

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Education and living costs in Australia

Knowing the average cost of living and studying in Australia is an important part of your application and financial preparation.

Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose and your study location in Australia.

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

The costs below are an approximate guide only and donot take into account your budget and spending habits.

  1. Accommodation
    • Hostels and Guesthouses- $90 to $150 per week
    • Shared Rental- $95 to $215 per week
    • On campus- $110 to $280 per week
    • Homestay- $235 to $325 per week
    • Rental- $185 to $440 per week
    • Boarding schools- $11,000 to $22,000 a year
  2. Other living expenses
    • Groceries and eating out- $140 to $280 per week
    • Gas, electricity- $10 to $20 per week
    • Phone and Internet- $15 to $30 per week
    • Public transport- $30 to $60 per week
    • Car (after purchase)- $150 to $260 per week
    • Entertainment- $80 to $150 per week
  3. Cost of living

    The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

    Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.

    As an estimate the 12-month living costs are approximately;

    • For students or guardians - AUD$21,041
    • For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
    • For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152

    The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.

    The Insider Guides 'Cost of Living Calculator' is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia www.insiderguides.com.au/cost-of- living-calculator/.

    If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your institution’s international student support and student accommodation services staff for assistance.

Visa compliance

Once you have received your visa, there are requirements you must meet in order for it to remain valid, including;

  • You must remain enrolled and maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.
  • If you wish to change your qualification level you may need to apply for a new student visa.
  • Provide your Australian address to your institution so they can contact you, and let them know if you change address.
  • You must continue to be able to support yourself financially while you are in Australia.
  • Do not breach the working conditions applicable to your visa.

Visa help and assistance

  • The Department of Home Affairs website provides all information in relation to visa requirements, responsibilities and compliance.
  • Your institution’s international student support staff can provide you with assistance about the visa you will need for your course.
  • Education agents can also help with your student visa application and paperwork (as well as your course application).
  • Note that education agents are not permitted to provide migration advice unless they are a registered migration agent.Information on registered migration agents, including a searchable database of agents, can be found on the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) website.

As an international student in Australia, you are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia.But there are also other types of insurance which you may find useful.

Overseas Student Health Cover

International students undertaking formal studies in Australia, and their dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old), must obtain OSHC. It includes cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines). OSHC insurers can provide a range of different OSHC products. These may range from a basic product which covers only the compulsory minimum services to comprehensive products which cover, in addition to the compulsory minimum services, extra services as specified under the particular policy. Learn more about OSHC, including a list of the providers at www.privatehealth.gov.au/.

The Department of Home Affairs requires overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia. For further information please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Work while you study

A great place to work

Australia is a great place to work as an international student. You may choose to work while you are studying. This can be an option to earn extra spending money and get a taste of the local culture. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Work hours: You can work up to 40 hours every two weeks while you are studying, and unlimited hours during holiday breaks.
  • Workplace protections: You have the same protections at work as anyone else working in Australia.
  • Minimum wage: You will get at least a minimum rate of pay per hour no matter what job you do.
  • Strong support: You will find support every step of your journey as a student worker. Help is always available from government and private organisations as well as your education provider.

Ideal work for students

The flexible hours and large number of opportunities in these industries make these ideal for students:

  • Retail - including supermarkets, department stores, boutiques
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars, restaurants, delivery
  • Farming and fruit-picking - seasonal work
  • Services – childcare, aged care and cleaning
  • Administration and clerical work
  • Tutoring

Expand your work experience through volunteer work and internships

There are also charities and non-government organisations which offer volunteer work for students - a great way to meet people, gain hands-on work experience and contribute to the community.

Holiday work in Australia

Australia offers several different types of visas for international students which allow you to work while you are holidaying or studying here. The Department of Home Affairs website has more information on working holiday visas.

Working in Australia after you graduate

If you are interested in staying in Australia to work after you graduate, you will need to get a new working visa before your student visa expires. As a graduated international student you may be eligible for:

  • The Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) if you have completed a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree.
  • To submit an Expression of Interest through the Australian Government's SkillSelect , seeking approval to stay in Australia as a professional worker.
  • State and territory government nomination for skilled and business migration.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs for more information.

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